The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System [With CDROM]

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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 ...

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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.

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470898885
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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