The Citizen Patient by Nortin M. Hadler
Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series)

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Finally, he skewers many of the big players in health care who enjoy exorbitant profits, including the pharmaceutical industry, but his examples are so clear and his integrity impeccable such that even his critics have to admire his pluck.
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Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price-fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy--these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current U.S. health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide, preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take time to understand the existing system and to visualize what the outcome of successful reform might look like. Central to this vision is a shared understanding of the primacy of the relationship between doctor and patient. Hadler shows us that a new approach is necessary if we hope to improve the health of the populace. Rational health care, he argues, is far less expensive than the irrationality of the status quo.
Taking a critical view of how medical treatment, health-care finance, and attitudes about health, medicine, and disease play out in broad social and political settings, Hadler applies his wealth of experience and insight to these pressing issues, answering important questions for Citizen Patients and policy makers alike.

 

About Nortin M. Hadler

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Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent book is Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by The University of North Carolina Press. 262 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Roberta E. Winter on Nov 02 2015

Finally, he skewers many of the big players in health care who enjoy exorbitant profits, including the pharmaceutical industry, but his examples are so clear and his integrity impeccable such that even his critics have to admire his pluck.

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