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Books, Journals, New Media
February 4, 2004

Health Care

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(5):625. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.625-a

As US health care continues in an ever-increasing spending frenzy, and physicians and administrators ponder how we got here and where we are going, Where Have We Failed? by Roger K. Howe, MD, MMM (master of medical management), is refreshing in its honest look at these questions and frightening in what it portrays.

This comprehensive analysis of US health care lays out the key players and their interactions: physicians, hospitals, government, fiscal intermediaries, and lawyers. The author also spotlights the news media, pharmaceutical companies, purchasers of health care (from unions to health maintenance organizations [HMOs]), and the public.

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