Next medicine: the science and civics of health

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Every year, the average American spends about $7,300 on medical expenses. The typical Canadian pays $2,700, the Briton only $2,000. And yet, according to the World Health Organization, our healthcare system, in terms of total quality, ranks thirty-eighth in the world, right between Costa Ricaand Slovenia. Not only do 40 million Americans lack health insurance, but more than 200,000 die each year because of medical mistakes. Our average life expectancy is lower than Cuba's.In Next Medicine, Dr. Walter Bortz zeroes in on why the American medicine is spiraling toward disaster. A physician with fifty years of experience and a leading authority on aging, Bortz argues that the financial interests of biotech and drug companies have distorted the healthcare system. Thanks tothem, medicine today is economically motivated to treat disease rather than to prevent it. Heart disease, for example, is widely treated with drug interventions and invasive surgery - both of which are extravagantly profitable for pharmaceutical giants and hospitals. Daily exercise and a healthydiet, on the other hand, can prevent heart disease, and can be obtained by patients essentially for free - but there's no money in that. The medical-industrial complex has a vested interest in keeping us sick, and until that changes medicine will fail to effectively address the leading cause ofdisability and mortality today: chronic diseases like diabetes that are largely preventable. Bortz proposes a medical system that emphasizes personal responsibility and provides incentives for healthy lifestyle choices, along with new training for medical professionals.Through a lively narrative full of personal anecdotes and jarring statistics, Bortz makes a powerful case for a radically new medical system - one that is based on rigorous science and loosens the strangle hold of corporate interests on American health.
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subject_facetBiomedical Technology -- trends
Biomedical Technology -- trends -- United States
Delivery of Health Care -- trends
Delivery of Health Care -- trends -- United States
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HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Health Care Issues
Health
Health Care Reform
Health Care Reform -- United States
Health care reform
Health care reform -- United States
MEDICAL -- Diseases
MEDICAL -- Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL -- Health Policy
MEDICAL -- Public Health
Medical care
Medical care -- United States
Medical technology
Medical technology -- United States
Medicine, Preventive
Medicine, Preventive -- United States
Preventive Medicine -- trends
Preventive Medicine -- trends -- United States
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Disease & Health Issues
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HEALTH & FITNESS
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