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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
 

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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

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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.

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An eye-opener for those not privy to what goes on inside the once-hallowed halls of hospitals and health-care systems. It's also chock-full of information for citizens who want to take charge of their health for their own sake. Hadler's suggestions aren't radical; rather, they're rational: evidence-based medicine, stringent medical device licensing guidelines, and restoration of the physician-client partnership, among others.--ForeWord Reviews

"Hadler 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. . . . Hadler also offers attainable solutions."
-Library Journal

"A tour de force. Compelling and extremely well-informed. Hadler offers important new insights."—Mark Hall, Wake Forest University

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:
9781469607047
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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The true promise of modern medicine will only be achieved when every person is prepared to participate as an informed patient and an intelligent citizen. This book does more to achieve that goal than any I have read.--Daniel D. Federman, M.D., Dean Emeritus for Clinical Education, Harvard Medical School

Meet the Author

Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent book is Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.

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