Health Care Half-Truths shows the ways in which American health care is tarnished and ways in which it shines, explaining that if we are going to make our health care system work, we must begin with the truth. In this book, Dr. Arthur Garson identifies twenty myths about the U.S. health care system and uses his extensive knowledge and keen insights to blow them apart.
Arthur Garson, Jr., MD, MPH, is Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and previously was dean of the University's School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academics Institute of Medicine. He has served as president of the American College of Cardiology and was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to chair the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He continues to practice medicine, caring for children with heart disease. Carolyn L. Engelhard, MPA, is assistant professor of medical education and a health policy analyst in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In addition, she directs the Master of Science program in clinical research and provides technical and consultative services to state health and Medicaid agencies.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I. Our Country and the World Chapter 3 1. American Medical Care Is Second-Rate Compared to Other Countries Chapter 4 2. American Health Care Is the Most Expensive in the World Part 5 II. Cost: The Expensive Care Myths Chapter 6 3. America Wastes One-Half of its Medical Care Dollars Chapter 7 4. Most Medical Care Dollars Are Spent in the Last Six Months of Life Chapter 8 5. Better Quality Saves Money Chapter 9 6. Preventive Care Saves Money Chapter 10 7. America Will Not Ration Health Care Part 11 III. Quality: The Good Care Myths Chapter 12 8. Science Drives Most Medical Decisions Chapter 13 9. High Quality Care Cannot Be Defined Chapter 14 10. Consumers Can Make the Best Decisions about Their Medical Care Chapter 15 11. Fewer Doctors Will Be Needed As Medicine Changes Chapter 16 12. The Current Malpractice System Helps Patients Chapter 17 13. Managing Care Is Evil Part 18 IV. Coverage: The Insurance, Underinsurance, and Uninsurance Myths Chapter 19 14. In America, There Is a "Safety Net" of Government Programs Providing Health Care for the Poor Chapter 20 15. People Who Work Can Afford Health Insurance Chapter 21 16. Provision of Health Insurance for Employees Has Always Been the Employer's Responsibility, and Will Continue That Way Chapter 22 17. The Uninsured Get the Care They Need in Emergency Rooms Chapter 23 18. No Additional Funding Is Needed to Cover the Uninsured; the Money is Available in the System Part 24 V. The Future Chapter 25 19. All Other Countries Provide Health Care Coverage for Everyone; We Should Be No Different Chapter 26 20. Major Change in the American Health Care System is Impossible