Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Anyone who doubts that Newt Gingrich is a proponent of Big Government
should read this book. As the foreword by AARP (formerly, American Association
of Retired Persons) executive director William Novelli announces, Gingrich
is a "big-idea person."
There are some penetrating insights in the book concerning the nature
of the problem: "The consumers (the patients) are not the buyers" and "the
third-party system stems from corporate and governmental attempts to centralize
power and decision making into their bureaucracies." Patients are in a dependency
relationship with the system, rather than being its driver. They need and
deserve more choices.
Orient JM. Health Care Policy. JAMA. 2004;291(2):251. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.251-a