The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, 1st Edition by Elisabeth Askin

The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, 1st Edition

Book Title: The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, 1st Edition

Author: Elisabeth Askin


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The American health care system is vast, complex and confusing. Books about it shouldn't be. The Health Care Handbook is your one-stop guide to the people, organizations and industries that make up the U.S. health care system, and the major issues the system faces today. The Handbook's five chapters (250 pages) cover:

* Inpatient and outpatient health care and delivery systems
* The different types of health insurance and how they're structured
* Health policy and government health care programs
* Concise summaries of 31 different health professions
* Medical research, technology, and drugs
* A clear summary of the Affordable Care Act, challenges to the law, and other reform options.
* Economic concepts and the factors that make health care so expensive
* The Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries

Each section introduces the key facts and foundations that make the health care system work in a clear and neutral manner. The book also includes balanced analyses of current challenges and controversies in health care, including medical errors, government regulation, medical malpractice, high drug prices, and much more. Suggested Readings are included at the end of each chapter for readers who wish to learn more about specific topics.

The book is the work of two medical students, Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore. When Elisabeth and Nathan worked to educate themselves about the American health care system they couldn't find a source that was comprehensive, understandable and non-biased - so they decided to write it themselves. After thousands of hours of research, writing, and consulting with dozens of national experts, the Health Care Handbook is now available. It's rigorously researched and scrupulously unbiased yet written in a conversational and humorous tone that's a pleasure to read and illuminates the convoluted health care system and its many components. The book is essential reading for health professionals, health professions students, and anyone who interacts with the U.S. health care system.

Featuring a foreword from Dr. William Peck, former chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges and dean of the Washington University School of Medicine.

"The Healthcare Handbook is an extraordinary accomplishment. Elizabeth Askin and Nathan Moore showed what two hard-working, intelligent medical students are capable of achieving. The handbook presents the complex healthcare system in a clear and lucid manner. I believe that the handbook will serve as the foundation for the introduction to and instruction of all medical students as they confront an evolving healthcare system. Bravo for a job well done."

Gerald S. Levey, M.D.
Dean Emeritus, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
The Lincy Foundation Distinguished Service Chair
Distinguished Professor of Medicine

"The Health Care Handbook could not have been more timely given the uncertain future of health care in America. Perhaps it is too optimistic to think that the more professionals and others are well-informed about the issues, the more likely we are to make the right decisions for the health of our population. This has been an amazing accomplishment undertaken by two amazing students. It was a great experience for them as it was for me. It will be a great learning experience for all its readers."


William A. Peck, M.D.
Director, Center for Health Policy
Former Dean, School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis
Former Chair, Association of American Medical Colleges