Epidemic of Care
A Call for Safer, Better, and More Accountable Health Care
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Epidemic of Care by George C. Halvorson
Book DescriptionHealth care premiums in the U.S. are escalating from twelve to twenty percent a year - with no end in sight. The impact of those cost increases on both employers and employees will be huge. Workers will see a direct cut in their take-home pay. Millions will lose health insurance coverage completely. Senior citizens on fixed incomes will be hit particularly hard, as premiums for their Medicare supplement plans and prescription drug costs climb. Frustrated and angry, people will soon be demanding a solution from their elected officials, and, for the first time in recent memory, the size of our unemployed population will become a real political issue rather than just the subject of energetic rhetoric. It is time to recognize that we are moving into a major health care crisis in this country, a crisis driven by the way we deliver, receive, and pay for care. "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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780787968885
(236mm x 158mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: 8-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author George C. Halvorson
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Provides a basic primer on the American health care system. This work explains how health insurance works in the US compared with the rest of the world and outlines the barriers to American reform. It also discusses why health care costs are going up so rapidly and sets realistic goals for care improvement.
Health Care Reform Now!, Hardback (August 2007)» View all books by George C. Halvorson
The United States spends more money on health care by far than any other country and yet nearly 50,000,000 Americans are uninsured at least part of the time each year. Health Care Reform Now! is written for anyone who cares enough about our health care situation to consider serious alternatives to the current system.
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Author Biography - George C. Halvorson
George C. Halvorson is chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, America's leading integrated health care organization. He was formerly president and CEO of HealthPartners in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has helped start HMOs in countries around the world. Halvorson has written several books on health care topics, including the highly-praised Strong Medicine (1993). George J. Isham, M.D., is medical director and chief health officer for HealthPartners. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement in Minnesota and has been a national leader in quality improvement methods.
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