Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars

Facing the Ever-Expanding Market for Medical Care

Authors: Kaplan, Robert M.

  • Controversial as it questions the foundations of preventive medicine
  • Timely criticism of the health care industry and the costs of health care
  • Challenges established definitions of disease, specifically in cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity
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Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars

Facing the Ever-Expanding Market for Medical Care

Robert M. Kaplan, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA

Close to 50 Million Uninsured,

Steeply Rising Insurance Premiums,

Employers Cutting Healthcare Benefits . . .

There’s plenty wrong with this picture. In Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars, public health expert Robert Kaplan takes America’s healthcare industry to task and challenges readers to examine their own roles in it.

Provocative, timely, and comprehensively researched, this book analyzes the current healthcare crisis in terms of medical culture, economics, and advertising. The findings reveal a system fraught with conflicts—contradictory healthcare policies, providers who over-test and over-prescribe, patients with unrealistic demands fueled by the media—and throughout, an absence of accountability. Much of preventive medicine, Kaplan persuasively argues, comes down to the selling of expensive pills and procedures that drive up costs while subjecting the population to unneeded risks and complications. And the end result, he argues, is excess care for many people, and a dearth of care for many more.

Kaplan’s informed, practical, and constructive approach makes Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars a "must-read" volume for policymakers and professionals in public health and healthcare, and for business owners as well as ordinary citizens and consumers concerned with the viability of healthcare in America.

About the authors

Robert M. Kaplan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He has been elected president of four different academic societies and has served as editor-in-chief for two major journals. Kaplan is the author or editor of 16 books and more than 400 articles or chapters. In 2005, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book discusses points of tension in the U.S. healthcare system and places the burden on readers to critically think about the paradoxes consumers face. … The intended audience includes health providers and consumers." (Carole A. Kenner, Doody’s Review Service, February, 2009)

"Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars is an exceptionally practical, carefully argued study of what can be done to control health care costs by improving the approach to medical decision making. Kaplan persuasively demonstrates the practical wisdom he has learned from wide-ranging research and insightful clinical observations. His book challenges the assumptions of patients and physicians. I believe that many of his concrete recommendations can save not only dollars but the health of patients and the satisfaction of physicians in their professional practice." (James F. Bresnahan,  JAMA, Vol 302, No. 3)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Disease, Outcomes, and Money

    Kaplan, Robert M.

    Pages 1-6

  • Putting the Pieces Together

    Kaplan, Robert M.

    Pages 1-12

  • The Disease-Reservoir Hypothesis

    Kaplan, Robert M.

    Pages 7-20

  • Mental Models of Health and Healthcare

    Kaplan, Robert M.

    Pages 21-34

  • What Is Disease and When Does It Begin?

    Kaplan, Robert M.

    Pages 35-46

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars
Book Subtitle
Facing the Ever-Expanding Market for Medical Care
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74045-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74045-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-74044-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2543-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 190
Number of Illustrations and Tables
81 b/w illustrations
Topics