Epidemic of Care offers a comprehensive assessment of the factors behind the cost crisis, how the crisis will escalate, and what can be done to improve the situation. A blueprint for getting to a coherent national health policy, this book calls for a collaboration between different parts of the private sector, state and local governments, and, at times, the federal government - with a formula that can succeed no matter who rules Congress. Authors George C. Halvorson and George J. Isham, M.D. - two individuals who have made an impressive impact on the national health care scene - provide some practical, field-tested, sometimes controversial suggestions about how to make health care in this country more accountable, more efficient, more valuable, and more affordable.
Introduction: What Happened to My Paycheck?
1. Miracles Cost Money.
2. Unsafe at Any Cost.
3. Who Really Pays for All of That Care?
4. If It Works or Might Work, You Owe It to Me: How Americans’ Entitlement to Care Drives Up Costs.
5. Care Monopolies.
6. Does the United States Pay Fair Prices by World Standards?
7. How the Internet Is Changing Health Care: I Learned About My Prosthesis on the Web.
8. The Coming Crunch in Health Care Workers.
9. Medical Necessity Calls, Fee Cuts, and PR Errors - Not a Good Start.
10. So Why Don’t We Just Go to a Single-Payer System and Save Bucks Like the Brits?
11. Where Do We Go from Here? A Call for a National Health Strategy.
12. Patients Deserve Safe Care.
13. 401(k) Equivalent Choices in Health Care.
14. Most Health Care Costs Are the Result of Bad Health.
15. Caregiver Monopolies Should Not Be Our Care Model of Choice.
16. Cut the Number of Uninsured in Half.
17. Training Tomorrow’s Caregivers and Reengineering Care Delivery.
18. A Call to Action.