It's Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure

It's Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure

by Jeffrey M. Lobosky
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It's Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Lobosky won't make any political side happy with this book, but everyone should read it. He dispels many misconceptions about our health care system and provides the history of how things have become so messed up. Very thought provoking discussion of a critical subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: The book examines the current dismal state of health care in America and offers hope and suggestions for fixing it. Jeffrey M. Lobosky is a neurosurgeon with almost three decades of practice in his field. This gives him both experience and a unique perspective for viewing the health care system which allows his well-off and well-insured patients excellent care and prevents the poor, uninsured and underinsured from sometimes receiving care at all. Started as a catharsis for his frustration with the expensive, exclusive system he worked in, the book grew into an overview of the entire health care system, its weaknesses (and they are many, as most of us recognize), and prospective methods for creating a better, fairer system for all. His chapter headings are intended to provoke interest, e.g., The Politics of American Medicine: Show Me the Money and I’ll Show You the Problem; Crisis in America’s Emergency Rooms: Take Two Aspirin and Call 911 in the Morning; The Great American Patient: You Didn’t Really Think I Would Let You Off That Easily, Did You? Lobosky also covers the ranking of America’s health care system according to WHO (way down on the list), managed care, hospitals, physicians and their replacements, malpractice. His final chapter, where he offers some hope for healing the broken system, he titles, Solutions to the American Health Care Crisis: My Wife Has Always Accused Me of Being a Know-It-All, So Here’s My Chance to Prove It. I feel this is an important book. Although his frustration leaks through the writing, he covers the entire field in most readable fashion, helping this reader to finally, in one place, get an idea of the scope of the problem with its interlinking pieces. I enjoy the humor, sardonic though it sometimes is, that lightens an otherwise heavy, depressing read, and his final look at solutions he considers would help heal this mess of a situation contains hope for us all, if we have the will to try. Review first published in Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, July 2012
d4eo More than 1 year ago
This review from Booklist is in stark contrast to the Publishers Weekly review which, for unknown reasons, harped on the tone rather than the content of Dr. Lobosky's book. He received a standing ovation after a book signing in the Chico, CA Barnes & Noble the first week in June. Definitely worth a look .It's Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure. Lobosky, Jeffrey M. (Author) May 2012. 284 p. Rowman & Littlefield, hardcover, $27.00. (9781442214620). 362.10973. Lobosky is not a health-care-policy expert, but rather a practicing neurosurgeon with nearly three decades of experience caring for the ill and injured. Written at least partly as an act of catharsis, his book condemns the contemporary state of the American health-care system and offers well-reasoned remedies. Lobosky bemoans the breakdown of the traditional doctor-patient relationship. He finds collective fault with the current system; everyone is responsible for its failure. In his view, there are “no absolute villains.” Money is the source of much of the trouble. In 2010, more than $2.5 trillion were expended on the country’s health care. The chief cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is catastrophic medical debt. This doctor finds the emphasis on profit in medical care problematic. The system needs an infusion of compassionate care. In his timely book, Lobosky makes a sound diagnosis: “market-based, profit-driven medicine has for the most part proven to be a colossal failure on many fronts.” The cure remains frustratingly elusive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago