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Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the groundbreaking book Priceless, renowned healthcare economist John Goodman reveals how patients, healthcare providers, employers, and employees are all trapped in a dysfunctional, bureaucratic, healthcare system fraught with perverse incentives that raise costs, reduce quality, and make care less accessible. Unless changed, these incentives will only worsen the probl ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Independent Institute (first published January 1st 2012)
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Alex MacMillan
Mar 12, 2014 Alex MacMillan rated it liked it
"The Affordable Care Act and the health-policy industry are betting that new regulation, price controls, effectiveness panels, 'accountable care' organizations, and so on will force efficiency from the top down. And they plan to do this while maintaining the current regulatory structure and its protection for incumbent businesses, management, and employees."

"Well, let’s look at the historical record of this approach, the great examples in which industries, especially ones combining mass-market p
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Adam Simpson
Jul 30, 2015 Adam Simpson rated it it was amazing
This book addresses a number of issues related to health care in the U.S., and all of them received a detailed analysis. However, if I were to highlight what I found the most interesting, many would notice that it is one of the most basic; yet, it's an issue completely (or almost completely) addressed by the various solutions to the "health care crisis".....and the ACA is a fantastic example of this.

What's the issue? Bringing down the cost, or in the popular verbage "cost control", via increasi
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Beth Haynes
Jul 13, 2012 Beth Haynes rated it it was amazing
An essential read if you want to understand why we are where we are in healthcare today and how to improve cost, afforability and access---all while leveraging what America does best: freedom of choice, innovation, compassion for those less well off.
Sara
Sep 30, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
The best book on the healthcare crisis I have read. Offers some great solutions that would put the patient in the driver's seat of their care.
Kevin
Aug 25, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
This is a really great resource for anyone seeking to better understand the problems that underly our health care system and how the Affordable Care Act - aka ObamaCare - only makes things worse. It is not necessarily a quick or easy read. It is complex and often technical but not such that engaged citizens can't read and understand it.

The basic premise, which is so critical, is that we need to return decision making to individuals, their families and their doctors. We need a patient centered sy
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Elise Conner
Nov 26, 2012 Elise Conner rated it really liked it
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Great resource for understanding the flaws of the healthcare system and broad suggestions for how to fix them. A few times I felt that some thoughts weren't completely laid out, but that might be because I didn't have pre-existing knowledge of healthcare policy upon which to build. Useful!
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If you want to gain insight into healthcare financing and learn why Obamacare will fail, read this book.
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