Do Not Resuscitate Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying and How We Must Replace It
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"I learned an enormous amount by reading Do Not Resuscitate, discussing it with friends and family, going back to it again and again to answer their questions." --Ellen Cantarow, Znet
"The raging debate over how to pay for health insurance has missed a profoundly important fact: As big as it is, as tight of a grip it has on American life, the health insurance industry is dying," states John Geyman, M.D. in Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying and How We Must Replace It.
Written for lay readers, health care professionals and policymakers alike, Do Not Resuscitate moves beyond books that decry our current problems to reveal what the trend for more than half a century of increasing costs and decreasing coverage really means. The situation for doctors, patients, caregivers and even the insured will move from dysfunctional to a complete breakdown over the next decade. In one of many examples Geyman cites, as employers cut costs in a global economy, the cost of health insurance as a proportion of wages is rising to the point where it will consume all average household income by 2025.
Building on his previous critiques of the medical profession and of the privatization of Medicare, Dr. Geyman dissects the collusion of forces from greed to cut-throat competition. Geyman shows that, combined with incremental reforms that hold the financing system in place, the health insurance industry is a ticking time bomb.
But under the worsening situation lies an opportunity, Geyman argues, to move beyond private health insurance to a single payer system that insures everyone. Do Not Resuscitate provides a roadmap for creating opportunity in the crisis.
Author bio "Geyman's literary voice arises from his unusual professional and political trajectories: from country doctor to academic department chair and prominent journal editor, and from longtime Republican to president of Physicians for a National Health Program...a passionate advocate and scholar." --The New England Journal of Medicine
John Geyman is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. He has spent 25 years in academic family medicine. He is Past President of Physicians for National Health Insurance, PNHP, and author of The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim its Moral Legacy?, Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance and Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare
What people are saying aboutDo Not Resuscitate
"With Do Not Resuscitate, his 6th incisive critique of American medical care, John Geyman rounds out his 360 degree examination of commercialization, profiteering, and professional lassitude in the health care in this country. His articulate and data-driven prescription is, once again, single-payer, national health insurance--a message that is ever more pertinent to our troubled system and brings reality to the rhetoric of need for change in America." --Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy The George Washington University
"Do Not Resuscitate could not be more timely. John Geyman describes precisely the reasons why it would be a terrible, costly mistake to continue to rely on the private insurance industry to pay our health care bills. He shows us that it is an industry based on an obsolete business model that wastes tremendous resources simply to avoid paying for health care. He further describes how it is possible for everyone to have high-quality, comprehensive, affordable health care, but only if we adopt an equitable and efficient financing system that is specifically designed to accomplish that." --Don McCanne, M.D. Senior Health Policy Fellow,Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
"If there ever were a time for national health care reform it is now. This book is a prescription, and an inspiration." --Robert Hayes President, Medicare Rights Center
"Geyman brings important news that everyone should recognize now, and will surely see in the coming years: that the private health insurance industry is obsolete, producing plans that are unaffordable when their coverage is good, and unusable when ordinary Americans can afford them. He shows how, in their death throes, they are becoming increasingly destructive. But unlike many other volumes, he shows that there is a way out, through a national single payer, non-profit fund that would cover all of us. Read it, and join the movement for universal care." --Leonard Rodberg, PhD Professor of Urban Studies,Queens College, City University of New York
"There are two ways to heal the healthcare crisis in the United States. The first one doesn't work: 1. Pay more and more money to insurance companies to entice them to cover the uninsured and firmly regulate them so they stop denying healthcare to those who are already covered. Also stop their incursion into government-funded programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, SCHIP, and Veteran's Healthcare. 2. A national single payer healthcare system that covers everyone, costs less money (because it cuts the insurance companies out of the control of our system) and provides more healthcare for every single person in the country. John Geyman's book explains it all." --Marilyn Clement, National Coordinator Healthcare-NOW
"Congratulations on this very timely and helpful book. Keep up the great work!" --David Satcher, M.D., PhD16th Surgeon General of the United StatesDirector, National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine2