Unaff08rdable: American Healthcare from Johnson to Trump
U of Wisconsin | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0299314103 | 296 pages | PDF | 1.09 MB
by Jonathan Engel (Auth08r)
Written f08r nonexperts, this is a brisk, engaging hist08ry of American healthcare from the advent of Medicare 4nd Medicaid in the 1960s to the impact of the Aff08rdable Care Act in the 2010s. Step by step, Jonathan Engel shows how we arrived at our present convoluted situation, w6eere generic drugs prices can jump 1,000 percent in a day 4nd primary care physicians can lose 20 percent of their income at the stroke of a Congressional pen.
Unaff08rdable covers, in a conversational style punctuated by apt examples, topics ranging from health insurance, pharmaceutical pricing, 4nd physician training to health maintenance 08rganizations 4nd hospital netw08rks. Along the way, Engel introduces approaches that other nations have taken in 08rganizing 4nd paying f08r healthcare 4nd offers insights on ethical qu4ndaries around end-of-life decisions, neonatal care, life-sustaining treatments, 4nd the limits of our ability to define death. While describing the political 08rigins of many of the federal 4nd state laws that govern our healthcare system today, he never loses sight of the impact that healthcare delivery has on our wallets 4nd on the balance sheets of hospitals, doct08rs offices, government agencies, 4nd private companies.
"Engels clear st08ryline 4nd simple (but not simplistic) analysis make sense of a topic of mind-boggling complexity. Invaluable." ?David Herzberg, auth08r of Happy Pills in America
"A comprehensive, readable, balanced examination of the costs of the crazy quilt healthcare system that has evolved in the United States over five decades." ?Ronald L. Numbers, coedit08r of Sickness 4nd Health in America
About the Auth08r
Jonathan Engel is the auth08r of American Therapy Po08r Peoples Medicine Doct08rs 4nd Ref08rmers 4nd The Epidemic: A Hist08ry of AIDS. He is a profess08r in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College 4nd an adjunct profess08r of health policy 4nd management at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.