The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System

The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System

by Nortin M. Hadler
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price-fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy--these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current U.S. health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide, preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take… See more details below

Overview

Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price-fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy--these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current U.S. health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide, preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take time to understand the existing system and to visualize what the outcome of successful reform might look like. Central to this vision is a shared understanding of the primacy of the relationship between doctor and patient. Hadler shows us that a new approach is necessary if we hope to improve the health of the populace. Rational health care, he argues, is far less expensive than the irrationality of the status quo.
Taking a critical view of how medical treatment, health-care finance, and attitudes about health, medicine, and disease play out in broad social and political settings, Hadler applies his wealth of experience and insight to these pressing issues, answering important questions for Citizen Patients and policy makers alike.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This well-written, timely book will interest health sciences students, health care practitioners and policy makers, and laypersons. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.—Choice

This book takes the reader inside the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, across borders, and, finally, where the healing actually takes place: inside the doctor's office.—Carolina Alumni Review

Library Journal
In this work, Hadler (medicine, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Stabbed in the Back) offers a thoroughly researched argument that the American health-care system is largely profit driven and entails costs unmatched by those of other industrialized nations. The author uses his analytical skills and experience in the medical profession to reveal how stakeholders rely on consumer fear and gullibility to ensure steady profits from possibly unnecessary, even detrimental, products and procedures. Hadler also offers attainable solutions. Members of the general public who demand transparent medical information and responsible medical spending should be encouraged by what they find in this account. VERDICT Containing copious scientific analysis and cross references, this book will appeal to detail-oriented consumer health advocates and political advisers. Shannon Brownlee speaks to a broader audience in Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.—Chad Clark, Lamar State Coll. Lib., Port Arthur, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469607054
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Blending best science, sound ethics, compassionate clinical care, and economic realism, Hadler exhorts patients to take control of their own health and health system to save the United States from fiscal disaster.—George D. Lundberg, M.D., former editor in chief (1982-1999), Journal of the American Medical Association

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >