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The Decline of American Medicine: Where Have All the Doctors Gone? Paperback – 28 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (28 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595284191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595284191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm

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About the Author

Dr. Michael Rosenblum, chosen by his fellow physicians in several published surveys as one of the best doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area, shut down his internal medicine practice due to an avalanche of regulatory pressures. He is now a health consultant, lecturer, writer, and guitar-picker, and enjoys working in his hillside garden.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99e51e04) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x9981c660) out of 5 stars An eye opening account about the state of our medical system 6 Sept. 2003
By Michael J. Sheahan - Published on
If you are wondering why your medical care has deteriorated and why it is difficult to get the type of health care you want, you must read this book. The author explains very well how it was, what happened, where it is today and what we can expect in the future from our doctors, hospitals and health care providers. You hear many things about the condition of our health care system from different sources, but this comes right from a man who was there in the trenches fighting insurance companies, HMO's and the like in an attempt to provide the best health care possible in continually deteriorating conditions. Having been a firefighter / medic for many years and working closely with emergency room staff, doctors and hospitals I can appreciate the substance of this book. If you are in the health care field you have to read this book, if you are using the health care system you MUST read this book. A must read for anyone who sees a decline in the care they are getting today. I had trouble putting the book down after I started reading it!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6dbf60) out of 5 stars Listen to someone on the frontlines of American medicine 18 Sept. 2003
By Kindle Customer - Published on
It is does not matter if you come to this subject from the left or the right, this book will both scare and anger you. Doctors are being paid by HMOs to actuallly not see patients on one hand and are buried in governement mandated paperwork on the other. Whether it is the marketplace or the bureaucracy who is is actually focused on healthcare? This book gives the reader a real world "in the trenches" understanding of the forces at play in modern medicine and will give you the courage to demand proper service for yourself and your loved ones.
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HASH(0x99a46c00) out of 5 stars A researcher's view of the validity of this book 22 Sept. 2003
By Professor LEE P ROBBINS - Published on
As a Professor of Management teaching organizational and social research to doctoral students, a citizen active in national politics and an aging increasing consumer of medical services, I found this book carefully researched and quite useful. It helped me see ways to move beyond the current mess in terms of national policy and, on a personal level, what to do for myself and my family.
It's truly shocking that the U.S. -- with the highest per capita medical expenditures in the world -- falls substantially below a number of other countries in life expectancy. For the unemployed, the poor AND many in the middle class, the widespread lack of medical services and insurance is an embarrassment and a scandal. As Dr. Rosenblum demonstrates, the result creates intense personal suffering and greatly increases the real cost to taxpayers because uninsured individuals end up in emergency rooms or extended hospital stays due to lack of early treatment. On a personal level, even though I am a well-employed and insured professional, I find it increasingly difficult to obtain necessary care as frustrated doctors retire early or restrict whom they treat.
Dr. Rosenblum's text suggests way to help cure our horrendous medical mess on a national and community level and points out what I need to do to care for myself and my family in the meantime. I believe every concerned citizen, activist and concerned user of medical care will benefit from this book.
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HASH(0x9a7677c8) out of 5 stars Potent little book - required reading! 7 Oct. 2003
By Robert E. Markison - Published on
Dr. Rosenblum gets it all right here. Preserving excellence in health care for future generations will demand a serious soul search, particularly on the part of insurance carriers and other 3rd parties (including trial lawyers). The brightest and best students are loathe to study medicine because they cannot afford the education/sacrifice, and afterwards they cannot afford the spiraling overhead and risk of practice. Primary care medicine has indeed been thrashed. The doctor lays down his message with brilliant clarity. Fine suggestions are made (so don't give up hope). This potent little book is required reading.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9981c9fc) out of 5 stars Now I Get It! 29 Sept. 2003
By Tina - Published on
Dr. Rosenblum gives a detailed explanation of the current crisis that we are facing. His concise overview answered some of the questions I have asked for years. Where have all the doctors gone? What has happened to the care I remember receiving as a child? How can we possess great technology, but feel as if we are unable to access it readily and with the support of our physician? This book is a "must read" for those of us who expect and value the best health care possible.
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