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Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America [Paperback]

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Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 26, 2008
Publisher   PublicAffairs
ISBN  1586486624  
EAN  9781586486624  

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Presents a proposal for a health care program which would provide affordable universal health care, with mechanisms for oversight on costs and quality of care and a method of financing which would incorporate fairness and efficiency.

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America spends more than any other developed nation on healthcare—$2.1 trillion in 2007 alone. But 47 million Americans remain uninsured, and of those Americans who are insured, many suffer from poor health. In his ground-breaking proposal, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel offers up a plan to comprehensively restructure the delivery and quality of our healthcare. By eliminating employer-healthcare and establishing an independent program to evaluate healthcare plans and insurance companies, he offers a no-nonsense guide to how government can institute private insurance options that will allow each of us a choice of doctor and plan.

With the rate of healthcare costs rapidly outpacing our gross domestic product, we can no longer afford to maintain our fragmented delivery of care, or entertain reforms that seek to patch, rather than cure, a fractured system. Accessible, straightforward, and revolutionary in its approach, Healthcare, Guaranteed is an inarguable guide to lasting healthcare reform.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is the Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist. A visiting professor at the UCLA, John Hopkins Medical School, and Stanford Medical School, and the author of several books, he lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel was born in 1957 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health.

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Provocative solution for our health care problems  Dec 12, 2008
Before I read this book, I was convinced a single-payer, Medicare for All reform was the only solution to our current crisis. I'm not so sure anymore. Dr.Emanuel argues eloquently for a system of national health insurance that keeps the private insurance companies, but does not allow them to turn people down for pre-existing conditions. He calls for a seemingly radical plan: every American should get as good a healthcare plan as members of Congress receive!

No socialist, Dr. Emanuel argues that a single-payer system, i.e. Medicare for All, will lead to long waiting lines and customer dissatisfaction. This is one of the best, if not the best, health care books I have ever read and I cannot recommend it too highly. (Are you listening, Mr.President-elect?) The one flaw in the book is Dr.Emanuel's proposal for a VAT tax to pay for his plan. I cannot endorse that.
Read This Book, Back This Plan  Jul 27, 2008
Dr. Emanuel has a smart healthcare solution for what ails us! At the heart of his plan is the method of funding, which makes so much sense. Everyone wants healthcare insurance and everyone should be willing to pay for it. Using a dedicated Value Added Tax (VAT) to pay for vouchers would be progressive, as those with more means consume more. (Credits would be given to those below an income threshold.)

The VAT would capture a fair share from the illegals who currently crowd our emergency rooms for free service; it would also capture significant revenue from the illegal drug trade.

Democrats should want to back it - it is truly universal healthcare. Republicans should want to back it as the plan provides vouchers to afford consumers to choose, i.e., affords competition for efficiency. Companies should want to back it because it removes a huge direct cost and disincentive for employment; workers would benefit for the same reason.

Importantly, the VAT is the tax system of the era of globalization, as it is border adjustable, i.e., subtracted from exports and added to imports. The U.S. alone among its trading partners in not taking advantage of the VAT, which is supported under GATT rules and used by 135 countries today, including all of our trading partners, which get a competitive advantage over U.S. goods and services because of it. (For example, the cost of healthcare for Ford Motor is more than the cost of steel. Imagine subtracting the cost of steel from an exported car, and adding that cost onto an imported car. We would increase U.S. market share!)

I bought a copy of this book for my Congressman, and for a leader in healthcare. Spread the word.
Another excellent book on the healthcare system in the USA  Jun 23, 2008
Dr. Emanuel has been writing for some time on the subject of health care policy, usually in collaboration with Prof. Victor Fuchs, an eminent, but now-retired, health economist. Prof. Fuchs collaborated with Dr. Emanuel on this book, as Dr. Emanuel notes in it, but apparently the final version as published is mostly the work of Dr. Emanuel.

This and two other books that I highly recommend on health care policy, A Second Opinion and Health Care Policy, are written by physicians who know the science and practice of medicine as well as the economics of medical services. Another, also very good, book, Health Care Half Truths, is co-authored by a physician.

The book is fairly short, very well-written and well-organized. Dr. Emanuel spends the bulk of the book analyzing the current medical services delivery (and to a lesser extent the funding of the system), then at the end of the book makes cogent recommendations on reform.

Although my personal opinion on the particular form that the financing of medical services should take (I strongly favor a single payer/insurer scheme) differs from Dr. Emanuel's view, Dr. Emanuel presents compelling evidence why a single payer/insurer scheme is inferior to his recommendation: a voucher system that is funded by a dedicated value-added tax. Dr. Emanuel recommends the continued existence of private health insurers, asserting that their presence furthers choice and potentially at least engenders competition. My perspective is that private insurance simply has no place in a medical services system. The forces that drive private health insurance companies are immutable. Private insurers inevitably increase the administrative cost of effecting payment for services. They also have no ethical role as deciders of what treatment should occur. In particular very expensive treatments with whatever probability of lengthening a patient's life should not be decided by an employee of a private company. They also will continue to seek to exclude the sick and try to enroll the healthy in their insurance plans. Those are unavoidable characteristics that, at least in my mind, argue for a single payer plan, regardless of the pitfalls that Dr. Emanuel correctly notes.
could apply to britain  Jun 19, 2008
Fascinating book and i think could be used in uk i wonder if David Cameron has acopy.Staunch supporters of the NHS need to read this as it raises serious questions about choice and how competition could drive up quality whilst keeping universal access to healthcare and avoiding overcentralisation.
Healthcare Reform, Understood  Jun 7, 2008
If the United States hasn't passed the threshold of interest in health care reform, it must be darn close. Thus, now is the time for a clear and concise argument for any particular approach. Dr. Emanuel puts forward a specific proposal for health care reform that would address the seven goals he views as essential to success. His proposal has a strong appeal to common sense, and as such, it is one that will surely suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous ideologs. But, besides presenting his own distinct proposal for reform, Dr. Emanuel gives enough background on our present plight, along with a heuristic tool to equip us to evaluate the many different reforms out there already and the many yet to come. And, he does this without resorting to the use of extreme case histories, which have become the coin of the realm for authors of books on health care reform and which can have distorting effects on any objective analysis. Even members of Congress will not be able to get away saying they do not understand the concepts in this book.

This is an important book at an important time, and one that invites everyone into the health care reform debate whether they agree with Dr. Emanuel's proposal or not (count me among those who do). But, alas, important as this work is, it would never get Dr. Emanuel tenure at a major research university; it's much too accessible. He'll have to keep his current job.

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