New to the Book Club: The Myths of Modern Medicine: The Alarming Truth about American Health Care

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The Myths of Modern Medicine: The Alarming Truth about American Health Care by John Leifer is very readable. The book organizes the problems in modern American health care into ten myths, that are accessible to any reader, but not dumbed down. The myths are simple and straightforward, without all the usual waffling. The descriptions not only outline the problem, but also include the causes – why our “system” is the way it is – and why it is hard to change. The author, a reformed hospital executive, is not sparing in blaming hospitals, but also points at insurers, physicians, employers, politicians, bureaucrats, and consumers. Myths debunked include – the US has the best health care system in the world, the concept of shopping for health care services, and that treatments are based on science and best practices. A great read for consumers, but important perspectives for all stakeholders. Click here for more books

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