UPC: 9781421445656 | The Present Illness (Paperback)

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UPC: 9781421445656 | The Present Illness (Paperback)
UPC: 9781421445656 | The Present Illness (Paperback)

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Beyond political posturing and industry quick-fixes why is the American health care system so difficult to reform? Health care reform efforts are difficult to achieve and have been historically undermined by their narrow scope. In The Present Illness Martin F. Shapiro MD PhD MPH weaves together history sociology extensive research and his own experiences as a physician to explore the broad range of afflictions impairing US health care and explains why we won t be able to fix the system without making significant changes across society. With a sharp eye and ready humor Shapiro dissects the ways all groups participating–clinicians and their organizations medical schools and their faculty hospitals and clinical corporations scientists and the National Institutes of Health insurers and manufacturers governments and their policies and also patients and the public–shape and reinforce a dysfunctional system. Shapiro identifies three major problems stymieing reform: commodification of care; values expectations unmet needs attitudes and personal limitations of participants; and toxic relationships and communication among these groups. Shapiro lays out a sweeping agenda of concrete actions to address the many factors contributing to the system s failings. Highlighting the interconnectedness of both the problems and potential solutions he warns that piecemeal reform efforts will continue to be undermined by those who believe they have something to gain from the status quo. Although overhauling our health care system is daunting Shapiro nonetheless concludes that we must push forward with a far more comprehensive effort in all sectors of health care and throughout society to create a system that is humane effective and just.

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