``Why pay for medical treatment . . . when the Government is paying the best doctors in the world to treat you for free?'' Having gotten your attention with this question, free information expert Lesko guides you through the complex maze of medical resources. As in his previous books ( Information USA , LJ 9/1/83, and The Great American Gripe Book , LJ 5/15/91), Lesko has collected and organized a directory of resources to assist patients, care givers, and students. Included are information hotlines, consumer agencies, regulatory bureaus, legal assistance, and an alphabetical list of diseases (and associated organizations), from the common cold to the so-called ``orphans''--diseases so rare that drug companies and hospitals often don't offer treatment, even when available, because it it not cost-effective. A vital reference source for public libraries. Highly recommended.-- Susan B. Hagloch, Tus carawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Lesko, New York Times syndicated columnist and author of Information USA and Getting Yours, identifies some 6,000 sources where readers, rich or poor, can get the best treatment for any health care problem; the latest information, for free, on any health related topic; and justice in the health care system, without hiring a lawyer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
If you need medical care but can't afford it, or if you're wanting to get the most up-to-date information that even your doctor may not know about, then this is the perfect resource for you. Matthew Lesko has compiled an exhaustive listing of almost 2,000 research institutions, government clearinghouses, private foundations and hotlines that you can contact for information on diseases, drugs and conditions ranging from Acidosis to Zoonoses. Also listed are agencies that will help you obtain free healthcare, prescription drugs, medical legal aid and vocational rehabilitation. Best of all, Matthew shares his methods, gained from years of experience with coaxing information out of government bureaucrats. This guide can not only help you save money, but it can also provide you with tools for working in partnership with your doctor to address your health concerns.