The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, 2nd Edition

By | January 20, 2018
The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, 2nd Edition

An astonishingly clear ‘user’s manual’ that explains our health care system and the policies that will change it.” Pauline Chen, MD – The New York Times

The 2nd edition of the best-selling practical, neutral, and readable overview of the US health care system is now available. This updated edition of the Health Care Handbook covers:

· New sections on health IT, team-based care and health care quality
· A clear summary of health policy and the Affordable Care Act
· Inpatient and outpatient health care and delivery systems
· Health insurance and the factors that make health care so expensive
· Concise summaries of 32 different health professions
· Medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and the research world
· And much, much more

The Handbook is the one-stop guide to the people, organizations and industries that make up the U.S. health care system and major issues the system faces today. It is rigorously researched and scrupulously unbiased yet written in a conversational and humorous tone that’s a pleasure to read and illuminates the convoluted health care system and its many components.

Each section of the Handbook includes an introduction to the key facts and foundations that make the health care system work along with balanced analyses of the major challenges and controversies within health care, including medical errors, government regulation, medical malpractice, and much more. Suggested readings are included for readers who wish to learn more about specific topics.

The book is the work of two physicians, Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore. When Elisabeth and Nathan were medical students, they worked to educate themselves about the US health care system but couldn’t find a source that was comprehensive, understandable and non-biased – so they decided to write it themselves. The Handbook is now used by hundreds of academic programs and health care companies.

Askin and Moore have partnered to write an extremely easy-to-understand book that explains the U.S. health-care system. The book succeeds in making sense of health care without opinion, bias, or dense textbook language.” – Booklist

The Health Care Handbook is a good starting point for any student, health professional, or lay reader interested in how health care is delivered, paid for, researched, supplemented, and debated.” Rob Lott — Health Affairs

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    A great introduction to US healthcare, October 29, 2016
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    This is a very readable book that requires no prior knowledge of the US healthcare systems. Highly recommended if you touch the US healthcare systems in any fashion. I work in the pharmaceutical industry, and the insights from this book are very valuable for my job. Physicians, practice managers, insurance industry and pharmacists will also benefit from the insights in this book.
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    Great, easy to read book!, January 29, 2015
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    I had this recommended to me by an MD, and have really enjoyed reading it. I really appreciate the brevity of it all, and the no-nonsense, simplistic explanations of concepts. A highly recommended read for uncertain medical students and anyone who wants (needs) more knowledge of healthcare systems!
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