The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the Systemby Nortin M. Hadler
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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What People are saying about this
Doctors should read this book and examine their motives and their consciences. Anyone who thinks they might ever become a patient should also use it to understand the hidden agendas at work in medicinewhich might not necessarily be in their best interests!Lois Rogers, international healthcare commentator, former Sunday Times London health and social affairs editor
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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