Saturday, October 19, 2019
Book Review: 'Curing the Cancer in U. S. Healthcare: Statescare & Market-Based Medicine' by Deane Waldman
‘Finally I have time for my patients’
Author Deane Waldman has impressive credentials – his degrees are from Yale (BA, History), Chicago Med (MD), Mayo Clinic, Northwestern, Harvard, and Anderson Management Schools (MBA), was the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital of San Diego, University of Chicago and University of New Mexico, and now is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Pathology and Decision Science at the University of New Mexico, also serving as Consumer Advocate member on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange where he advises on public policy for healthcare.
Dr. Deane (his preferred moniker) spends his energy and background and commitment to American health by sharing in this accessibly written book the flaws and corruption of the American healthcare delivery system. As he states in this Introduction, ‘To cure sickness, you need to know the cause, whether the patient is a sick human or a critically ill system like healthcare. Otherwise, you can only palliate the patient’s symptoms rather than curing him, her or it. The main symptoms in U.S. healthcare are apparent to everyone: too expensive and too little care. Costs are incredible, you can’t find a doctor, and when you do find one, you have to wait four months to get an appointment. Healthcare costs are eating our lunch, along with breakfast, dinner and the mortgage payment! ….. “Healthcare” as one word means the system, one that is overspending us into bankruptcy and incurring debt that our children will have to pay back. “Health” . . . “care” as two words is personal service provided by a professional, something that is harder and harder to get, especially in time to save us from illness and death. Healthcare has been described as a “broken” system. I prefer to view our failing system as a sick person. As such, Patient Healthcare is in the ICU on life support… Our healthcare system has cancer located in the federal bureaucracy. It keeps growing and growing apparently without limit, consuming healthcare funds that are desperately needed to pay for care. The book you hold starts with the diagnosis of cancer and goes from there. It shows how we can fix healthcare so that Americans can get the care they need, when and where they need it, at a price we can afford both as individuals and as a nation.’
Dr. Deane offers a solution: ‘With StatesCare, the patient chooses the caregiver, decides the care, agrees to the price, pays the bill, and evaluates the result. Insurance carriers and care providers compete for the patient’s business. Neither government nor insurance has any say in your medical decisions. StatesCare offers the best balance of free market dollar efficiency with society’s need to protect the medically vulnerable.’ Factual and well documented with even a Healthcare Decoder provided, the concepts in this well written book offer hope for change!
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