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The Corporate Transformation of Health Care

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The Corporate Transformation of Health Care

SKU# 9780826124661

Can the Public Interest Still Be Served?

Author: John P. Geyman MD


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The author explores how the corporate transformation of hospitals, HMOs, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries has resulted in reduction in services, dangerous cost cutting, poor regulation, and corrupt research. He sheds light on the political lobbying and media manipulation that keeps the present system in place. Exposing the shortcomings of reform proposals that do little to alter the status quo, he makes a case for a workable single-payer system. This is an essential read for today's practitioners, policy makers, healthcare analysts and providers, and all those concerned with the precarious state of America's under- and uninsured.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 14, 2004
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826124661
  • EISBN 9780826124678

Table of Contents 

    List of Tables and Figures
    Growth of Investor-Owned Corporate Health Care
    Part I: Corporate Contributions to the Soaring Costs of Health Care
  1. Hospitals and Nursing Home Chains
  2. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
  3. The Health Insurance Industry
  4. The Pharmaceutical Industry
  5. Medically Related Industries
  6. Impacts of Corporate Practices on the Health Care System

  7. Part II: How Health Care Corporations Defend and Promote Their Interests
  8. Compromising the Integrity of Research
  9. Disinformation and Media Control
  10. Lobbying the Government
  11. Co-Opting the Regulators

  12. Part III: Is Reform Possible?
  13. Privatization vs. the Public Utility Model of Health Care
  14. Politics and Options for Health Care Reform
  15. An Approach to Reform

  16. Appendix I: The “United States National Health Insurance Act,” H.R. 676
    Appendix II: Potential Administrative Savings by State, 2003, Achievable with a Single-Payer National Health Insurance Program