Books about Health, Health Care, and Health Care Economics

The Bookworm’s rating system

The Bookworm rates books from 1 to 10 as in the table below: 

1total garbage6above average
2really, really, bad7good
3real bad8real good
4bad9really really good
5below average10a masterpiece!

Books rated 9 or 10 are books that you can’t put down.  Books ranked 7 or 8, while they can be walked away from, have some redeeming quality that makes them worthwhile.  The Bookworm suggests that you avoid books that rate from 1 to 6.

10 Patient Power: The Free-Enterprise Alternate to Clinton’s Health Plan [ABRIDGED] by John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave 
    This is the best book ever written on the topic of how to improve health care in America.  It’s written by two brilliant economists in a wonderfully compelling style for the lay person.  It shows how a whole family of people, all with different self-interests, benefit from a health care system in which the patient is the most powerful person instead of some uncaring third party.  Unless you are an ecomomist or an economics student, read this abridged version, which is short and sweet.

7 This Won’t Hurt (And Other Lies My Doctor Tells Me): Observations from the Other End of the Stethoscope  by Charles B. Inlander 

  This book is written by Charles B. Inlander, who is President of the People’s Medical Society, which is the largest nonprofit consumer medical group in the world.  This is a great book about how to grab some of the power that belongs to you as a health care consumer.  I’m not sure that Mr. Inlander has the ultimate solution to the problem figured out, but it’s a very easy to read book.

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