The American Health Care Paradox

The American Health Care Paradox

Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less

eBook - 2013
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Foreword by Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine

For decades, experts have puzzled over why the US spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. Now Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor marshal extensive research, including a comparative study of health care data from thirty countries, and get to the root of this paradox: We've left out of our tally the most impactful expenditures countries make to improve the health of their populations-investments in social services.

In The American Health Care Paradox , Bradley and Taylor illuminate how narrow definitions of "health care," archaic divisions in the distribution of health and social services, and our allergy to government programs combine to create needless suffering in individual lives, even as health care spending continues to soar. They show us how and why the US health care "system" developed as it did; examine the constraints on, and possibilities for, reform; and profile inspiring new initiatives from around the world.

Offering a unique and clarifying perspective on the problems the Affordable Care Act won't solve, this book also points a new way forward.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781610392105
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 06, 2014

Golly, more Yale guys claiming this to be a "paradox" ("who could have foreseen" "unintended consequences" and blah, blah, blah). "We've left out of our tally the most impactful expenditures countries make to improve the health of their populations; investments in social services." ("WE'VE" left it out, dear?) And "our allergy to government programs" again with the "OUR," dear? Somehow, the Gates Foundation, predictably, financed this redirection, misdirection and obfuscation. That would be funded by Bill Gates, from Microsoft profits, and Gates, or a Microsoft exec, routinely have attended those international banking conferences (a k a Bilderbergers) with David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and others - - the same Rockefeller who sits on the board of the Peterson Institute, founded to promote the ending of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and employment in the USA! Note the incongruities underlying this book? Note the obvious agenda contradictions here? The same people funding their study are defunding social services and America? Very confusing, very murky? Although I didn't matriculate at Yale or Harvard, these are th top two cost drivers of American healthcare (what the author should have explained): (1) hedge fund super-speculation across the entire healthcare sector; (2) private equity/leveraged buyouts across the entire healthcare sector. (#3 is corruption which is carefully ignored by congress and therefore unaddressed by the government agencies, and that's corrupt at the corporate level, i.e., HCA, et cetera.) Their opinion on the ACA should be pretty obvious to one and all by this time, as they are fundamentally correct, and exactly what the "Physicians for National Healthcare" have been saying for quite some time! [Should be rated EXECRABLE under the "manufactured consensus confusion" category, but I gave it a poor to suggest a perfect example of corporate-velvet propaganda.]

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