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The Affordable Care Act : a missed opportunity, a better way forward

Autore: Guy B Faguet
Editore: New York : Algora Pub., ©2013.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"The U.S. offers a high standard of medical care few countries can match. Indeed, most medical innovations originate in the U.S. and are adopted more widely and sooner than elsewhere, the FDA ensures the efficacy and safety of drugs, biological products, and medical devices, and health professionals are well trained, knowledgeable, and responsible. Yet, despite "Best in the World" claims in some American quarters,  Per saperne di più…
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Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Guy B Faguet
ISBN: 9780875869759 0875869750 9780875869766 0875869769 9780875869773 0875869777
Numero OCLC: 828682671
Descrizione: x, 236 p. ; 23 cm.
Contenuti: pt. I. The U.S. health system: origins and evolution. 1. Historical overview : Out-of-pocket healthcare ; Health insurance is born ; National health insurance: an elusive century-old target --
2. Root causes of the spiraling healthcare costs : Providers' perverse incentives and consumers' expectations & disincentives ; Commercialization of medicine ; The role of trial attorneys ; Healthcare: a supply-driven, profit-focused industry ; A system beset by fraud --
3. Cost control initiatives : Managed care ; DRG-based payments ; Consumer-Directed Health Care (CDHC) --
pt. II. The 2010 healthcare reform bill. 4. The politics and the money behind the bill --
5. Outline of the Affordable Care Act : An evolving process? ; Key provisions ; Implementation timeline --
pt. III. Healthcare reform from the ground up. 6. The U.S. healthcare system: a brief outline : Is the U.S. healthcare system the best in the world? ; World Health Report, 2000 ; Cross-country comparisons --
7. Foreign and domestic health models we can learn from : Foreign models ; Arguably the best domestic model: the Veterans Health Administration --
8. An equitable and affordable universal health system : Redesigning the system structure ; Redesigning care delivery ; Redesigning the payment model ; Curbing malpractice litigation and political intrusion ; Arguments against term limits and their rebuttal ; Arguments in favor of term limits.
Responsabilità: Guy B. Faguet.

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"The U.S. offers a high standard of medical care few countries can match. Indeed, most medical innovations originate in the U.S. and are adopted more widely and sooner than elsewhere, the FDA ensures the efficacy and safety of drugs, biological products, and medical devices, and health professionals are well trained, knowledgeable, and responsible. Yet, despite "Best in the World" claims in some American quarters, the U.S. health system lags behind those of many industrialized countries in access, quality of care, and affordability. It is best characterized as a non-system that denies access to millions of Americans and drives millions more into bankruptcy. Unlike politically correct books that shun controversial issues, this book offers an objective, factual, and forthright critique of all segments of the current and projected health system under America's Affordable Care Act. It shows that responsibility for the inequitable and costly health system rests on caregivers and consumers, insurance and drug companies, malpractice attorneys, and even policy makers whose self-interest must be subordinated to the general good in order to curb the profit-driven health industry they helped create and endow America with an affordable and equitable universal health system responsive to its citizens' healthcare needs while remaining even-handed to providers and suppliers, as proposed in the last chapter." -- Publisher's website.

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