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Health care meltdown : confronting the myths and fixing our failing system
LeBow, Robert H., 1940-
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Chambersburg, Pa. : A.C. Hood, [2003]

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xix, 281 pages ; 24 cm
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RA395.A3 L413 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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It is no secret that health care in the United States is managed by a confusing welter of institutions, regulations, corporations and government agencies. Paperwork is rampant at every level, and much time and money are wasted while millions of people go without needed medical attention. For this "system" the U.S. spends about twice as much per capita as most developed countries. In this book Dr. Bob LeBow tackles this monumental issue with clarity and forthrightness. His prescription for our health care quagmire is a national health program which includes universal coverage, as is the case in every other industrialized country.

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Library Journal Review

As a family physician who spent more than 30 years serving low-income clients at a community medical clinic in Idaho and a former president of Physicians for a National Health Program, LeBow was shocked by the abuses and cruelty of America's healthcare system. When he became paralyzed after a biking accident, he witnessed the inequities from a patient's perspective. LeBow describes American healthcare financing as a disorganized, overly complex "monster" that robs people of their health, their money, and their dignity. He points to the waste, fraud, abuse, burdensome paperwork, and pressures by special interest groups, pharmaceutical firms, and insurance companies that make healthcare unaffordable for over 40 million people in the United States. He asserts that Americans are clueless about how medical care works in other countries and refutes 13 myths about the quality of U.S. healthcare, including our inabilitry to provide universal coverage. LeBow makes a strong case for an economically sound, comprehensive national health program that includes all of our citizens. His clarion call for change is a necessary acquisition for all libraries.-Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

LeBow, a physician, offers a timely book for the present and future problems facing the health care system in the US. In the introduction, the author lays out the elaborate topic of the health care system's inevitable "meltdown" and how the system came to this present point. The chapter headings are insightful, using terms like "myth," "misinformation," "monster," and "jumping-hoops." The book is designed for easy reading and contains illustrations that complement the text. Case studies add to the factual basis of the book. Each chapter ends with a summary of points that emphasis the main concepts of the preceding chapter. Complete bibliography; glossary. The author certainly achieves his goal of making readers aware of the problems that health care will face in the next ten years. If nothing else, it can function as a starting point for discussion and will be useful for seminar groups that study health care policy and financing. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. R. G. McGee Jr. Walters State Community College