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Foreword by Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine For decades, experts have puzzled over why the US spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. Now Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Offering a unique and clarifying perspective on the problems the Affordable Care Act won't solve, this book also points a new way forward.
Bradley is the president of Vassar College, professor of science, technology, and society, and professor of political science. Lauren A. Taylor studies public health and medical ethics at Harvard Divinity School, where she is a presidential scholar. She completed a masters in public health at Yale University in She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Read an Excerpt Americans do not like being mediocre in national health outcomes but like even less facing the complex web of social conditions that produce and reinforce those uninspiring health outcomes. In short, Americans pay top dollar for hospitals, physicians, medications, and diagnostic testing but skimp in broad areas that are central to health such as housing, clean water, safe food, education, and other social services.
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Physicians, many of whom see almost 30 patients per day, are increasingly aware that unmet social needs are essential contributors to worse health for Americans, and that they generate substantial costs within the medical system. Physicians further reported that if they had the power to write prescriptions to address social needs, these prescriptions would represent one of every seven they write.
Among physicians we interviewed, many expressed frustration that medical tools do not address the most important drivers of poor health. Who knows what happens then? See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist.
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Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. When looked at together, the figures make clear that among its peers our nation places greater emphasis on spending on medical care than on key social services. Why is this important?
As Bradley and Taylor convincingly show in this thought-provoking and well-written book, ignoring the economic and social circumstances that result in poor health makes treating the resulting health problems much more expensive. After outlining the problem, the authors describe the evolution of the American health insurance system, contrasting it with the decentralized and relatively underfunded programs addressing social well-being.
Bradley and Taylor then examine the differences between Scandinavian and American models of spending on health and social welfare. The insights they provide are fascinating, as they do not satisfy themselves merely with dry statistics but explore some of the differences in philosophical outlook between societies relating to the role of government and the definition of quality of life.
One major difference they identify is how health is perceived: as a goal or as a necessary component to a pleasurable, productive life.
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The authors quote an official at the Danish Health and Medicine Authority who articulates the view in his nation.
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