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Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System

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The problems of medical care confront us daily: a bureaucracy that makes a trip to the doctor worse than a trip to the dentist, doctors who can't practice medicine the way they choose, more than 40 million people without health insurance. "Medical care is in crisis," we are repeatedly told, and so it is. Barely one in five Americans thinks the medical system works well.
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Published February 5th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 15th 2003)
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Julia Liu
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Easy to read and a good intro to the health care system
Neha
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't until I was 2/3 of the way through the book that I realized the book was 10 years old. I think that the author has some good points regarding changing incentives in health care. This however is the easy part, the design, implementation, and evaluation of incentives- not so easy. I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you want to get a little background history on the state of health care over the past 20 years. I only say that because of the age of the book- I would be interested ...more
Matt
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple quick explanation of our how medical system works, what elements might be broken, and how we might start to fix them. Does an especially good job of arguing that more medical care spending tends to be better, and that focusing more on preventative care and less on intensive care (i.e., focus on "value per dollar) would generally improve health outcomes. Cutler is a health care economist -- really knows his stuff. FYI, apparently, the typical human values life @ $5 million, and the typical ...more
Tarythe Albrecht
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book...really fascinating look at the healthcare system, why it is inefficient, and what could be done to improve it. It was not politically charged, merely looked at the actual issues rather than being "us vs. them". It also helped me better understand the way the system works, and I feel more confident both in having a discussion with others about healthcare, as well as navigating it for myself and my family!
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Culter is an economist at Harvard University who focuses on health care. He proposes interesting idea to pay providers a bonus for improved health outcomes, on top of fees for service; but doesn't discuss health savings account idea, and believes reducing cost (as opposed to improving quality & expanding access) is unimportant! The last notion seems completely implausible to me.
Anna
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
this book is from 1992, but itʻs still a hood read. informative, ... terrifying.
i wish more would have changed in the past 25 years regarding healthcare industry. itʻs still for the profitnof the industry, not the people. even if there now is "affordable" healthcare options
Ariadna73
I liked this book, but found it a little outdated, especially regarding all the new information concerning Obamacare and the like.
Teyanna Munyan
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great review of the American health care system!
Lakshmana Swamy
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short read that helps frame the debate on the goals of health care reform. Don't agree with everything Cutler says, but it definitely widened my perspective.
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