Item description for Slaves to Medicine: How to Ransom Your Health Care From Power and Money by George Beauchamp M.D....
Power and money are holding our health care hostage. To ransom it will take courage to face the death spiral of the current system. Slaves to Medicine is an urgent call to reform with a solution to prevent collapse on a large scale. The mistaken notion that the medical relationship between a caregiver and patient is primarily a financial transaction has led to the slaves to medicine state. Slaves to Medicine: How to Ransom Your Health Care from Power & Money identifies how everyone touched by health care, or the lack of it, must participate responsibly in a solution. Change should spring from a belief that preserving health and providing health care is necessary for our society, our economy, and our morality. Slaves to Medicine leads the way to a practical solution.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Brown Books Publishing Group
ISBN 193328594X ISBN13 9781933285948
Reviews - What do customers think about Slaves to Medicine: How to Ransom Your Health Care From Power and Money?
Still awaiting emancipation Dec 6, 2007
Great title, grand concept, but this book is neither a serious policy analysis nor something the consumer can employ to improve their access to health care. Dr. Beauchamp has made some acute diagnoses on what's wrong with the health care system, but fails to provide credible prescriptions.
The health-care hot button! Oct 15, 2007
Healthcare reform is a hot-button topic in America, particularly in an election year. The fact that 45 million Americans are without any type of medical coverage is proof that this industry is out of balance. Dr. George Beauchamp writes a compelling indictment against the current waste of a healthcare system that is out-of-control due to regulatory mechanisms. He proposes an investment-based system that eliminates regulatory waste.
Beauchamp believes there are two essential jobs in healthcare: to take care of patients or to take care of those who do. He proposes that what lacks in healthcare reform is the trust that is latent in the doctor-patient relationship. Third parties, who are largely motivated by economic and political gain, de-value human life to little more than a selfish profit center.
His proposals to fix healthcare smatter of a socialistic attempt to provide universal healthcare coverage. A naysayer would inquire, "...And where, Dr. Beauchamp, do we get the money to do this?" His answer would be that responsible living - which includes healthy eating, exercise, and preventative medicine - would generate enough dollars saved, that if properly invested, would pay for this type of system many times over.
The good doctor's bottom line is ultimately correct: the burgeoning healthcare machine faces inevitable change. Gross excess and wanton abuse will not sustain itself indefinitely. The premise falls flat when it necessitates that Americans band together and "do the right thing."
A brief look toward the failure of law enforcement to curb crime would serve as a fitting analogy against legislating a "be good and win" healthcare morality. How can Americans be compelled to suddenly act responsibly?
If you are worried about the future of healthcare, I recommend this work to you. It is a fitting read to aptly discuss the problems associated with healthcare reform. The book does not offer a plausible solution since it minimizes the lengths to which capitalistic enterprises allow for avarice and waste.
Armchair Interviews says: Informed Americans might want to read this.