The Evolution of the US Healthcare System: A Legacy of Opportunism and Greed
This book tells the story of the United States’ healthcare system, which is built by and for the opportunistic motives of powerful corporations, politicians, and government initiatives. It answers questions that most people have about why it is that American healthcare claims to be the best in the world, yet Americans do not enjoy the longest or healthiest lives. Why is it that the United States spends much more on its healthcare system but gets less in return? How did the United States develop a healthcare system that is expensive, hard to use, and seems to be guided by profit seeking corporations instead of the health needs of the people? How did the US healthcare system respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what did the pandemic teach us about the strengths and weaknesses of the American way of health care? Legislators, health care students, consumers, policy makers, and advocates for health care justice can take this book as an introduction to the failing health care system that the author calls a threat to national security.
Richard Douglass, MPH, PhD, is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor in Health Administration at Eastern Michigan University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. Prior to his time at Eastern Michigan, he served on the faculties of The University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He also has an ongoing relationship with Ashesi University in Ghana.
He is a social epidemiologist and began his career in 1968 on the staff of the US Centers for Disease Control, assigned to the Chicago Board of Health. His research has set standards in several areas, including public health policy, global health, alcohol and highway safety, gerontology and social research methods. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Medical Administrators.
His studies of homelessness and on the health status and needs of the underserved occupied much of his research energy between 1982 and 2000. In 2016, he shifted his focus to health services in rural America.
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