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Health Care for Beginners (Writers and Readers, No 55)

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A book by David Brizer

Two M.D.s navigate the American healthcare jungle and offer an optimistic look at how it might yet become civilized. In clear, straightforward language, this entertaining book gives a guided tour through the realm of alternatives to our current healthcare … see full wiki

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Author: David Brizer
Publisher: Writers & Readers Publishing
1 review about Health Care for Beginners (Writers and Readers,...

Cuts through the confusion about health care

  • Jul 27, 2000
Health care can be a confusing and mysterious thing. This book does a very good at cutting through the fog and shedding some much needed light. One estimate says that environmental pollution contributes to about 25% of today's medical problems. There are not enough primary care doctors, and too many specialists, especially in rural areas and the inner city. Many health care provider networks and insurance companies try to discourage those with major (expensive) medical problems from joining. In countries with national health insurance, like Canada, Britain and France the amount of GNP spent on health care stays the same from year to year. In the US, the percentage of GNP going to health care rises by 20% per year. Between 1970 and 1982, the number of health care providers rose by 57%, while the number of administrators shoed a 171% increase. Less than one half of one percent of the national health budget is spent on preventive measures like prenatal care and reducing environmental toxins from industry. This is a short book, but it really shows the current state of American health care. This subject affects everyone at one time or another, so this book is highly recommended for everyone.

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