Old and Sick in America: The Journey through the Health Care System

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Prelude

1. Blesch, “Baptist Health South Florida.”

2. Kolata, “Patients in Florida.”

3. Dartmouth Atlas, 2015.

4. Gillick, “Medicine as Ecoculture.”

5. Institute of Medicine, Conflict of Interest.

6. In a terrific piece of investigative journalism, Rick Weiss of the Washington Post revealed that Michael Phelps, PET’s inventor, urged his friend Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), chair of the appropriations committee in charge of the CMS purse strings, to pressure CMS to change its policy on reimbursing for PET scans in the diagnosis of dementia. Phelps paid a lobbyist at a prominent Washington lobbying firm over $500,000 to work for expanded Medicare coverage and also repeatedly donated to Stevens’s senate campaigns. The story appeared in “A Tale of Politics” in the Post in October 2004.

7. Gillick, “How Medicare Shapes the Way We Die.”

8. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, NHPCO Facts and Figures 2015.

9. National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States, 2014. A man who turned sixty-five in 1960 could have anticipated living for another 12.8 years; in 2013, he could expect to live for 17.9 years.

10. Chay, “Medicare Hospital Utilization.”

11. Docteur and Berenson, “How Does the Quality of US Health Care Compare.”

12. Kwok et al., “Intensity and Variation of Surgical Care.”

13. Earle et al., “Aggressiveness of Cancer Care.”

14. Plsek, “Complexity and the Adoption of Innovation.”


Chapter One

1. Centers for Disease Control, “National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2012.”

2. Cherry, Lucas, and Decker, “Population Aging and the Use of Office-Based Physician Services.” The average number of visits made by the elderly to a physician was 6.9. Of these, 45 percent were to primary care doctors, 25 percent to medical specialists, and 30 percent to surgeons.

3. The exception is recent immigrants or someone who neither worked in the United States nor was married to someone who worked.

4. Kane and Peckham, Medscape Physician Compensation Report, 2014.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Prelude ix
  • Abbreviations in the Text xxi
  • Part I - The Office 1
  • Chapter One - Going to the Doctor 3
  • Chapter Two - The Lay of the Land 23
  • Chapter Three - From the outside in 41
  • Chapter Four - The March of Time, 1965–2015 61
  • Part II - The Hospital 79
  • Chapter Five - Entering the Palace of Technology 81
  • Chapter Six - The Varieties of Hospital Experience 97
  • Chapter Seven - The Hospital through Other Eyes 113
  • Chapter Eight - The Transformation of the American Hospital, 1965–2015 133
  • Part III - The Skilled Nursing Facility 151
  • Chapter Nine - Going to Rehab 153
  • Chapter Ten - Different Snfs, Different Miffs 169
  • Chapter Eleven - Movers and Shapers 184
  • Chapter Twelve - Now and Then 202
  • Finale 223
  • Acknowledgments 245
  • Notes 247
  • Bibliography 267
  • Index 293
  • Studies in Social Medicine 301
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