An American Sickness

How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Medical

Page: 432

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A New York Times bestseller A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems. In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast? Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

Summary of an American Sickness

How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back Book by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Author: Cityprint

Publisher: Independently Published



Page: 37

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NOTE: This is a summary guide and is meant as a companion to, not a replacement for, the original book.Our summaries are designed to teach you important lessons in a cost-effective and timely manner. They are coherent, concise and complete, highlighting the main ideas and concepts contained in the original books. Non-essential information is removed to save the reader hours of reading time. Save time and money by completing your reading list. Please follow this link to get regular new released book summary guides: https: // THE BOOK: An Amеrісаn Sісknеѕѕ (2017) tаkеѕ аn hоnеѕt lооk at the ѕtаtе оf thе Amеrісаn health-care ѕуѕtеm and frаnklу diagnoses іtѕ mаnу ailments. Whеn bіg buѕіnеѕѕ started tаkіng оvеr whаt wеrе оnсе сhаrіtаblе оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ, things bеgаn to gо truly wrоng. Rоѕеnthаl рrеѕеntѕ vаluаblе іnfоrmаtіоn оn hоw tо rеduсе hеаlth-саrе bіllѕ аnd nоt gеt taken fоr a rіdе bу grееdу hоѕріtаlѕ and over-prescribing dосtоrѕ.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Elіѕаbеth Rosenthal, аftеr ѕреndіng mаnу уеаrѕ as a correspondent аnd reporter fоr thе Nеw York Tіmеѕ, bесаmе еdіtоr-іn-сhіеf of Kaiser Hеаlth News, a position ѕhе ѕtіll hоldѕ. A graduate оf Harvard Mеdісаl Sсhооl, ѕhе hаѕ іnvаluаblе еxреrіеnсе as an ER рhуѕісіаn аnd extensive training in іntеrnаl medicine.INTRODUCTION: Ovеr thе lаѕt fеw decades, hеаlth care hаѕ bесоmе a major роіnt оf debate іn thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. Pоlіtісіаnѕ оf аll stripes аrguе over thе рrісе оf mеdісіnе and different аррrоасhеѕ tо hеаlth insurance, but, thоugh everyone ѕееmѕ to аgrее that ѕоmеthіng isn't working, nо оnе ѕееmѕ tо hаvе a clear іdеа of exactly how to fіx іt. Hоw did іt соmе tо thіѕ? In thеѕе blіnkѕ, we'll dіvе dеер into thе US health-care system аnd еxрlоrе whу thе Unіtеd States аррrоасhеѕ trеаtmеnt оf thе іll vеrу dіffеrеntlу thаn mоѕt other Wеѕtеrn nаtіоnѕ. Wе'll lооk аt thе hіѕtоrу оf health care, as wеll as thе сurrеnt ѕіtuаtіоn аnd роѕѕіbіlіtіеѕ fоr thе future. Thеrе mау be a wау to ѕаvе a ѕуѕtеm that mоѕt раrtіеѕ agree is ѕісk. Yоu'll аlѕо fіnd out -whу prescription drugѕ аrе so еxреnѕіvе іn thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ; -that hоѕріtаlѕ mаkе money on tests уоu mіght nоt nееd; аnd -whаt уоu саn dо tо start reducing hеаlth-саrе соѕtѕ now.

Patent Wars

How Patents Impact Our Daily Lives

Author: Thomas F. Cotter

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Law

Page: 360

View: 590

Patents are ubiquitous in contemporary life. Practically everything we use incorporates one or more patented inventions, and recent years have witnessed epic disputes over such matters as the patenting of human genes, the control of smartphone design and technology, the marketing of patented drugs, and the conduct of "patent trolls" accused of generating revenue from nuisance litigation. But what exactly is a patent? Why do governments grant them? Can patents simultaneously encourage new invention, while limiting monopoly and other abuses? In Patent Wars, Thomas Cotter, one of America's leading patent law scholars, offers an accessible, lively, and up-to-date examination of the current state of patent law, showing how patents affect everything from the food we eat to the cars we drive to the devices that entertain and inform us. Beginning with a general overview of patent law and litigation, the book addresses such issues as the patentability of genes, medical procedures, software, and business methods; the impact of drug patents and international treaties on the price of health care; trolls; and the smartphone wars. Taking into account both the benefits and costs that patents impose on society, Cotter highlights the key issues in current debates and explores what still remains unknown about the effect of patents on innovation. An essential one-volume analysis of the topic, Patent Wars explains why patent laws exist in the first place and how we can make the system better.

Free Cash, Capital Accumulation and Inequality

Author: Craig Allan Medlen

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

View: 128

Investment is the engine of growth. In consequence, the social welfare of the populace depends on the expectations of uncertain profitability as understood by the agents of a wealthy few who decide upon levels of investment. As private wealth is intimately tied to the investment process, the importance of wealth concentration goes far beyond considerations of equity. In recent years, private economic power has become increasingly concentrated as more of the population has become dependent upon an elite pursuing private ends. In this context, this book examines the role of capital accumulation in various historical contexts. Over seventy years ago, Michal Kalecki derived the mathematical relationship between government deficits, the external trade account and free cash—defined as the gross profit over and above that portion ploughed back into new investment. Since then, the free cash literature has remained largely within an industrial organizational context where free cash theory has helped to explain mergers. In contrast, this book, revisits Kalecki’s free cash construction at the macro and global level and explores the various causes and effects of free cash on the economy. As part of this examination, the author highlights the historical uses of free cash in imperialist adventures, mergers and speculative endeavours. In addition to developing a new relative valuation measure of capital accumulation, he also utilizes a neo-Kaleckian model to help explain the U.S. slowdown in investment since the late 1960s, the increasing inequality of wealth and income and the recent speculative episodes associated with the spillage of free cash. Finally, based on these models the book argues for heightened taxes on the wealthy and an increased role for government investment in health care and energy. Free Cash, Capital Accumulation and Inequality offers an explanation as to how wealth and income inequalities have fashioned, and been fashioned by, various historical episodes right up to the present. It will be of great interest to those studying and researching in the field of economic analysis.

Taking Ethics Seriously

Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplace

Author: John Hooker

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 433

This book develops an intellectual framework for analyzing ethical dilemmas that is both grounded in theory and versatile enough to deal rigorously with real-world issues. It sees ethics as a necessary foundation for the social infrastructure that makes modern life possible, much as engineering is a foundation for physical infrastructure. It is not wedded to any particular ethical philosophy but draws from several traditions to construct a unified and principled approach to ethical reasoning. Rather than follow the common academic practice of seeking a reflective equilibrium of moral intuitions and principles, it builds on a few bedrock principles of rational thought that serve as criteria for valid argumentation. It develops the ideas from the ground up, without presupposing any background in ethics or philosophy. Epistemologically, the book views ethics as parallel to mathematics, in that it relies on generally accepted proof techniques to establish results. Whereas mathematics rests on such proof paradigms as mathematical induction and proof by contradiction, ethics can be seen as relying on proof by applying consistency tests, such as generalizability and respect for autonomy. Utilitarianism also plays a key role, but it is reconceived as a deontological criterion. This approach obviously requires that these criteria be formulated more rigorously than is normally the case. To accomplish this, the book begins with the classical idea that an action is distinguishable from mere behavior by virtue of its having a coherent rationale, where coherence requires passing certain consistency tests such as generalizability. An action is therefore inseparable from its rationale, and generalizability is defined in terms of consistency with the rationale. A utilitarian criterion receives a similar treatment with respect to a means-end rationale. Respect for autonomy is grounded in a carefully developed action theory that takes into account such concepts as joint autonomy, implied consent, and the permissibility of interference with unethical behavior. It provides an account of responsibility that is both practical and theoretically satisfying, and it yields a novel solution of the much-discussed trolley car dilemmas. The book is written for a general audience and strives to be as readable and engaging as possible, while maintaining rigor. It begins by dispelling a raft of misconceptions that trivialize ethics and block its development as an essential tool of modern life, such as the notion that ethics is just a matter of opinion without rational foundation. After presenting the ethical principles just described, along with many examples, it provides several chapters that analyze real-life dilemmas, many obtained from the author’s students and professional workshop participants. One cannot understand physics or chemistry without seeing how their principles are applied to real problems, and the same is true of ethics. These chapters demonstrate that a unified normative theory can deal with a wide range of real cases while achieving a reasonable level of objectivity and rigor.

Values at the End of Life

The Logic of Palliative Care

Author: Roi Livne



Category: Medical

Page: 360

View: 887

Once defiant of death--or even in denial--many American families and health care professionals are embracing the notion that a life consumed by suffering may not be worth living. Sociologist Roi Livne documents the rise and effectiveness of hospice and palliative care, and the growing acceptance that less treatment may be better near the end of life.

Just Plain Fat

Author: Jeanne Fransway

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Self-Help


View: 182

I was like an anorexic on the opposite side of the mirror. I never saw myself that fat. My brain wasn?t fat just me. Yet my inner skinny self is desperately crying to get out and my fat self trying to fit into a thin orientated world.