The Health Care Consumer's Manifesto: How to Get the Most for Your Money, 1st Edition

  • Deborah Dove Gordon
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  • ISBN-10: 1440874050
  • ISBN-13: 9781440874055
  • DDC: 338.4
  • 304 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released September 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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This book navigates and demystifies the confusing world of health care shopping. Readers go on a guided tour inside American health care to learn why it is so messy, and who is invested in keeping it that way. The text offers a new vision of how health care could work if it were truly designed to meet consumer needs, creating a call to action on how to demand and help create such a system. A wake-up call to an industry tenuously holding on to the status quo and ripe for true disruption, this book outlines what consumers can do themselves and demand from doctors, hospitals, health plans, and policy makers to get more for their health care spending and, in so doing, reshape the health care system into one we all deserve. Using real and compelling consumer stories intertwined with expert analysis, this book illustrates why it is so difficult to act as an engaged health care consumer in the United States and pulls back the curtain to expose the forces that hold the system in place.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
In Praise of The Health Care Consumer's Manifesto.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Consumer Power.
2: Introduction: A Nation of Shoppers.
3: An Ode to Shopping.
4: This Is Not Nordstrom.
5: How Does That Make You Feel?.
6: Shopper, Know Thyself.
7: The Consumer Manifesto.
8: How Much Will This Cost?.
9: Can You Do Any Better on the Price?.
10: Who's in Charge Here?.
11: Listen!.
12: Don't You Know Who I Am?.
13: Should My Boss Control My Health Care?.
14: Speak Our Language.
15: It's No Kayak.
16: Money-Back Guarantee.
17: Getting Better.
18: Everyone Has Teeth.
19: Keep Your Government Hands off My Medicare!.
20: Attention Shoppers!.
About the Author.