To learn more about the healthcare problems and possible solutions check out these books:
by Sando Galea
Discusses how Americans spend extraordinary amounts of money on the care of the sick but are not addressing public health needs. The author refers to healthcare as ‘sick care’ and emphasizes the need for proper social, economic and environmental conditions to promote better and healthier citizens.
by Charles Silver & David Hyman
The authors discuss how ‘managed care’ as prescribed by both insurance companies and the government results in higher prices for patients. The writers also describeshow the excessive overuse of medical facilities and the failure of Obamacare to address the public health causes prices to go higher.
by Marty Makary, MD
Dr. Makary writes extensively about the ‘games’ played by hospitals and insurance companies that result in higher costs for the public. Among several topics the writer describes are, nontransparent pricing, medical bankruptcies, and overtreatment. He also demonstrates how insurance brokers are ‘incentivized’ by commission sales to private and public companies. He writes that self-insurance by companies with employees to cover is the best choice available.
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Author Elisabeth Rosenthal
outlines the ‘rules’ of the dysfunctional medical marketplace and what the patient can do about it.
by Robert Pearl
Robert Pearl reviews the flaws in the American healthcare system including the lack of patient centered care and the shrinking number of doctors due to physician burnout. In addition to describing the challenges Pearl also shares ideas on some of the solutions.
Dr. Neuworth emphasizes the need for patient centered care. The author describes in detail how business as usual will not solve the problems in healthcare and calls for ‘disruptive change’ that can only come from the public.
by John Torinus
The author writes about how companies can lower costs and provide better care by self-insuring. He also recommends that employers place an emphasis on more employee responsibility for paying expenses, plus the differences between primary care and specialty care. Torinus also identifies “centers of value” for more cost-effective care.
by Johann Hari
Discusses the science of addiction and exposes the myths that resulted in the criminalization of drug use about 100 years ago. The author suggests that we treat the causes of addiction in both society and in the individual patient. These include loneliness, despair and lack of social support. He also suggests ways each of us can help decriminalize drug use.