Provocative answers to a long-perplexing question: Why, if the U.S. spends more on health care than any other industrialized country, is our society less healthy?
For decades, experts have puzzled over why the U.S. spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. Now Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor marshal extensive research and get to the root of this paradox: We've left out of our tally the most impactful expenditures countries can make to improve their citizens' health—investments in social services.
In The American Health Care Paradox, Bradley and Taylor illuminate how narrow definitions of "health care," archaic divisions in the distribution of health and social services, and our allergy to government programs combine to create needless suffering and cost. They examine the constraints on and possibilities for reform, and profile inspiring new initiatives from around the world. Offering a unique and clarifying perspective on the problems Obamacare won't solve, this book also points a new way forward.
Dr. Elizabeth Bradley is professor of public health at Yale, faculty director of its Global Health Leadership Institute, and master at Branford College. She was previously director of the health management program and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and served as hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Lauren Taylor studies public health and medical ethics at Harvard Divinity School, where she is a Presidential Scholar. She was formerly a program manager at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. She now lives in Boston.
Pub date: 11/05/13
Price: $26.99/30.00 Canada
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