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.
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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