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The Right Medicine

How to Make Health Care Reform Work Today

  • Authors
  • David Cundiff
  • Mary Ellen McCarthy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Health Care Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 3-16
    3. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 17-32
    4. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 33-52
    5. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 53-63
  3. Restructuring the Health Care System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 67-84
    3. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 85-99
    4. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 101-118
    5. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 119-128
  4. Restructuring the American Lifestyle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-130
    2. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 131-137
    3. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 139-147
    4. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 149-163
    5. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 165-168
    6. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 169-181
    7. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 183-192
  5. The Costs and Benefits of Reform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. David Cundiff, Mary Ellen McCarthy
      Pages 195-208
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-260

About this book

Introduction

When Dr. David Cundiff called me with a proposal to help research and write The Right Medicine I was intrigued but skep­ tical. His ideas for reform of the US health care system were visionary, radical, and highly original-but would they work? As a Wall Street analyst and long-time student of the health care system, I had my doubts. had read David's book on hospice care, Euthanasia Is Not the I Answer, and was impressed. And I had recently witnessed the slow death of my grandmother from the complications of Alzheimer's disease. Despite the fact that she was and had been suffering for years and despite the fact that her care was an extraordinary emotional and financial burden, nursing home administrators and physicians encouraged one last ditch treat­ ment after another, pulling her back each time from the brink of what would have been a merciful death. I knew that David was correct in his contention that hospice care and a more spar­ ing application of high technology medicine were major keys to improving health care. I also realized, after a decade of analyzing the health care industry, that a government-funded system along the lines of Canada's was probably the only way to rein in rampant infla­ tion and provide universal coverage. But David had other ideas, too. He argued that preventive care could dramatically cut both the incidence and costs associ­ ated with the most common causes of illness in America today.

Keywords

cardiovascular education energy fat health health care health care system health promotion heart disease medical education medicine oncology palliative medicine vascular disease violence

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