160 pages | 25 B/W Illus.
This book provides a balanced 360 degree view of consumer directed health care. It provides insight, analysis, and original research to help us see more clearly the important dimension in the future of American health care.
Kim Slocum has done a great job of explaining and analyzing complex health insurance issues that policymakers in both the public and private sectors need to understand, but often do not. He successfully challenges the widespread belief – dear to many employers, insurers and consultants – that the best way to fix the system is to have consumers pay a bigger share of the costs …. Everyone who wants to participate in the debate about health care reform should read his prescriptions for the future.
—Humphrey Taylor, Chairman, The Harris Poll
Kim Slocum separates the rhetoric from reality in his new book… .He is a veteran insider looking with a careful and dispassionate eye at the inside [and] his easy-to-read style makes the book even more effective. He gets to the heart of consumer-directed healthcare, takes a biopsy, and makes a quick and accurate diagnosis. I wish everyone inside the Beltway would read Slocum’s new book!
—David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Department Chair of Health Policy, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
… a top-notch synthesis of credible research on health care in the United States. Kim Slocum has sifted through an amazing plethora of research data… and has painted for us a picture of the health care challenges we face, the tragedy of lack of access to care, and the implications for our future if not addressed… . It is a must-read and a call to action for persons in policy and leadership positions in and out of health care and for anyone who wants to make sense of the complex dilemma in which US health care finds itself.
—Margaret F. Schulte, DBA, FACHE, Editor, Frontiers of Health Services Management
“Baby How’d We Ever Get This Way.” “The Usual Suspects.” Consumer Directed Health Care. Prescription for The Future. Epilogue. Recommended Reading. Index.