PHYSICIAN-LED HEALTHCARE REFORM: A NEW APPROACH TO MEDICARE FOR ALL, the latest book by veteran healthcare journalist Ken Terry, explains why Medicare for All won’t work unless the U.S. healthcare delivery system is restructured to lower costs – and lays out a blueprint for how to do it.
Ken Terry, the author of two previous books on health care policy and practice, has been writing about the health care field for more than 25 years… (Continue reading)
“This is the only book that makes the explicit connection between the need for clinicians to reduce healthcare waste and the ability to reallocate these resources to improve health. Terry makes the important point that only clinicians, acting with the best available evidence to reduce unexplained clinical variation, can reduce said waste.” —David Nash, MD, founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
“Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: A New Approach to Medicare for All offers an encyclopedia of knowledge on the U.S. healthcare system, written in an engaging, popular style.”—Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, professor emeritus of family community medicine at the University of California San Francisco
“Ken Terry has produced a tour de force analysis of the current state of American health care. In a world filled with ‘alternative facts,’ Ken’s encyclopedic reliance on research evidence, instructive interviews, and clear writing makes for compelling reading, whether or not you agree with his prescriptions for reform. An essential resource.”—Robert Berenson, MD, senior fellow at the Urban Institute
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Last spring, the big healthcare debate between the Democratic candidates for the Presidential nomination was whether we should build on the Affordable Care Act (with a public option, natch) or go straight to Medicare for All. Now, with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, the terms of the debate may … Continue reading How Justice Barrett’s Confirmation Might Bring On Medicare for All
The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent drop in patient visits have led some observers to conclude that primary care physicians would be better off financially if they were capitated than if they were paid fee for service. If they received a fixed amount of money per health plan member per month, they’d have a guaranteed income … Continue reading Direct Primary Care: Great for Some Doctors, But Challenging for Patients