Falling Through the Safety Net Americans Without Health Insurance
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Edition: Paperback, 275 pages
Dimensions: 5 x 7.62
In this stunning mixture of real life stories and cold eyed analysis, Geyman brings you close up to the perils faced by every American. With nearly all Americans facing a lack of health insurance at some point, this is a book for YOU.
To those who would take the Alfred E. Newman stance toward health insurance (What me worry, I'm healthy!), Geyman delivers some sobering statistics:
* 80% of the uninsured live in working families; * 67 million Americans are uninsured for at least one month in a 28 month period; * One in five workers cannot afford insurance when offered by employers; * Even in families with two full time wage earners, 10% are uninsured.
Those who lack insurance face poor health care and increased risk of bad outcomes. The answer, argues Dr. Geyman, is one the majority of Americans already want: single payer health insurance.
This is the book for those who no longer want this problem to be as American as apple pie.
This is a most important book by one of America's leading experts. We are paying dearly in health system inefficiency and unnecessary pain and suffering because of the cracks in our safety net. Without attention to this issue as illustrated in this text, we will never eliminate disparities in health among different racial and ethnic groups in this nation. ÑDavid Satcher, 16th U. S. Surgeon General, Director, National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine
A compelling description of our dysfunctional health care system, a reasoned analysis of its problems, and a persuasive argument for a single-payer insurance plan as the best solutionÑwritten by someone with real understanding and first-hand experience. A much-needed lesson that ought to change a lot of minds. I recommend it strongly. --Marcia Angell, M. D. Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School Former Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine
This book elegantly reveals how our current system goes so wrong and then provides a ray of hope as it shines a light on the only logical solution to the health care crisis. It is a must read for any one who care about providing care to patients in need. -- Claudia M. Fegan, MD President of Physicians for a National Health Program
"Once again, the legendary master of family medicine addresses with clinical compassion the widespread concerns about "unsurance" and uncovered medical costs. Geyman's well-researched recommendations should be read by everyone." --Donald Light, Professor of Comparative Health Care Systems, Princeton
"For better and for worse, the safety net is what stands between millions of Americans and no health care at all. Dr. John Geyman's Falling Through the Safety Net provides a brilliant road map to this nation's patchwork of medical coverage for the uninsured. As a practitioner, teacher, and medical leader, Geyman has learned his way around the safety net first hand. His book reflects that knowledge as well as his resolve to move beyond the safety net and put a firm floor of medical care in its place. Falling Through the Safety Net is an intelligent instruction manual for dealing with our present dilemmas and a vital prescription pad for moving beyond them. Powerful reading for all." --Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, author, Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care.
AUTHOR BIO John Geyman, M.D., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Editor of the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. He is the author of Health Care in America: Can Our Ailing System Be Healed? He lives in Seattle, WA.