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Unaffordable : American healthcare from Johnson to Trump  Cover Image Book Book

Unaffordable : American healthcare from Johnson to Trump / Jonathan Engel.

Engel, Jonathan. (Author).


"Written for nonexperts, this is a brisk, engaging history of American healthcare from the advent of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s to the impact of the Affordable Care Act in the 2010s. Step by step, Jonathan Engel shows how we arrived at our present convoluted situation, where generic drug prices can jump 1,000 percent in a day and primary care physicians can lose a fifth of their income at the stroke of a Congressional pen. Unaffordable covers topics ranging from health insurance, pharmaceutical pricing, and physician training to health maintenance organizations and hospital networks. Engel offers comparisons with other nations and provides insights on ethical quandaries arround end-of-life decisions, neonatal care, life-sustaining treatments, and the limits of our ability to define death. While describing the political origins of many of the federal and state laws that govern our healthcare system today, he never loses sight of the impact that healthcare delivery has on our wallets and on the balance sheets of hospitals, doctors' offices, governmental agencies, and private companies."--Back cover.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780299314101
  • ISBN: 0299314103
  • Physical Description: x, 285 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Timeline of major federal legislation -- A system run amok -- Medical free markets -- Reigning in the excess -- The lure of profits -- Efforts to rationalize -- HillaryCare -- Managing care -- Quantity and quality -- Ethical wrangling -- Medicare and Medicaid: evolving government programs -- (Un)Affordable Care -- Afterword.
Subject: Medical policy > United States > History > 20th century.
Medical policy > United States > History > 21st century.
Medical care > United States > History > 20th century.
Medical care > United States > History > 21st century.
Medical care.
Economics, Medical > history.
Insurance, Health > history.
Delivery of Health Care > history.
Delivery of Health Care > economics.
Health Policy > history.
United States.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library RA 395 .A3 E54 2018 30775305541741 General Collection Available -

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