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The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside
     

The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside

by Ibis Sanchez-Serrano
 

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At present, human society is facing a health care crisis that is affecting patients worldwide. In the United States, it is generally believed that the major problem is lack of affordable access to health care (i.e. health insurance). This book takes an unprecedented approach to address this issue by proposing that the major problem is not lack of affordable access

Overview

At present, human society is facing a health care crisis that is affecting patients worldwide. In the United States, it is generally believed that the major problem is lack of affordable access to health care (i.e. health insurance). This book takes an unprecedented approach to address this issue by proposing that the major problem is not lack of affordable access to health care per se, but lack of access to better, safer, and more affordable medicines. The latter problem is present not only in the United States and the developing world but also in countries with socialized health care systems, such as Europe and the rest of the industrialized world. This book provides a comparative analysis of the health care systems throughout the world and also examines the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Examines the health care structure of the United States, Europe, and the third world, both separately and comparatively
  • Offers primary source insight through in-depth interviews with pharmaceutical and health care industry leaders from around the world
  • Carefully explains, in clear terms, the intricacies of the health care and pharmaceutical system and how these intricacies have led to the current crisis
  • Offers concrete, comprehensive solutions to the health care crisis

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"This book is an excellent summary of the health-care crisis facing the world today, comparing health care in wealthy, industrial countries to that in poor, underdeveloped countries. Sánchez-Serrano, a Panamian health-care adviser/consultant, covers the history of health care, including pharmaceutically driven treatments; challenges with new drug discoveries; unmet medical needs; and profits. The author also emphasizes the high cost of research and development for new drugs. He explores the issues related to government-supplemented research and summarizes the interaction of government-sponsored basic research, academic (pure) science research, venture capital investors, and industry…. The author provides many specific examples of successes and failures of past/present systems and discusses the evolution of pharmaceutical company philosophies in the past 150 years and future challenges. This book is fact based and nonpartisan. The only areas not explored are the modern diagnostics industry, the phenomenal advances in medical devices, and the cost of modern physician care (and the cost of physicians' education). Summing Up: Highly Recommended" —Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123918758
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ibis Sánchez-Serrano is an independent, world-leading figure in health care. He is the author of the book “The Worl&dacute;s Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patien&tacute;s Bedside” (Elsevier, 2011; Highly Recommended" --Choice); author of the seminal article on translational research, where the Core Model appeared for the first time. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Gender & the Genome, has received many international recognitions for his work on global health care, including a “Fulbright Recognition Award”, a nomination to the world-class “Prince of Asturias” Award, and important world-class TV and media coverage, including CNN, C-SPAN, UNIVISION, EFE Agency, Deutsche Presse Agentur, etc. He is the President of “The Core Model Corporation”, a health-care and pharmaceutical start-up. He is a frequent speaker on global health care and pharmaceutical development

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