Mahar, Maggie - Money-Driven Medicine



As Americans, we pride ourselves on having the best of everything, but when it comes to health care, compared to other industrialized nations, we pay more for the same services; receive more complex, unnecessary procedures; and leave the neediest of our population uncared for. That's because a profit-driven health-care system tends to do what's best for shareholders rather than what is in the best interest of the patient. Mahar does an excellent job of explaining how we went from the individual family doctor who made house calls to the bureaucratic, faceless, broken system we have today. As far back as 1970, it was recognized that health care in this country was wasteful and inefficient, so much so that President Nixon actually sided with the Left and proposed a national health-care system in 1974 (it was derailed by Watergate). Whether the fault of drugmakers, insurers, doctors, hospitals, HMOs, big government, or trial lawyers, American health care is careening off a cliff, and Mahar is to be praised for bringing clarity to one of the most complex issues of our times. David Siegfried Copyright American Library Association.


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