Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Would Work Better For Everyone by Phillip LongmanBest Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Would Work Better For Everyone by Phillip Longman

Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Would Work Better For Everyone

byPhillip Longman

Paperback | February 20, 2012

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- Tells the remarkable story of how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system transformed itself from a national scandal to a national model - Explains the multiple advances and innovations that have enabled the VA to provide an unparalleled level of service - Recommends how to adapt and expand the VA model to the entire countryExpanding health-care coverage to uninsured Americans is a laudable goal, but the problems in our system go much deeper than that. The way that health care is delivered in this country is deeply flawed. Studies consistently show Americans spend more per person on health care than the people in any other country with far poorer outcomes. For example, Costa Ricans spend a fraction of what we do and live a year longer. But a solution to America's health-care crisis does exist. It's not a theoretical alternative that's never been implemented. And you don't have to go to a foreign country to see it. It's already up and running, with hospitals and clinics located in every state. It's the VA health-care system, the largest integrated system in the United States. In Best Care Anywhere, Phillip Longman tells the full story of the VA's amazing turnaround. Once a regular source of nationally reported scandals, the VA system is now hailed for its exceptional safety record, its use of evidence-based medicine, its health promotion and wellness programs, and its unparalleled adoption of electronic medical records and other information technologies. And it's the only health-care provider in the United States whose cost per patient has been holding steady as others' skyrocket.The story of how and why the VA became the benchmark for quality medicine in the United States suggests that vast swaths of what we think we know about health, health care, and medical economics are just wrong. Longman suggests ways that this extraordinarily cost-effective model can be adapted so that a VA level of health care could be available to everyone.New to this edition are an analysis of so-called Obamacare and the Ryan proposal to privatize Medicare. It also describes the results achieved when the VA electronic record system was implemented in West Virginia and Texas and features completely updated statistics and research, including 2011 cancer studies by Harvard University that prove VA cancer patients outlive cancer patients in traditional health care."Among the most important social policy books published in the last decade." - Ezra Klein, Washington Post
Phillip Longman is a senior fellow at the Washington Monthly and the New America Foundation. His work on health-care reform is informed by his experience of losing his first wife, Robin, to breast cancer and is widely followed around the world.
Title:Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Would Work Better For EveryoneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.27 × 5.67 × 0.6 inPublished:February 20, 2012Publisher:Berrett-Koehler PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Chapter 1: Best Care Anywhere
Chapter 2: Hitting Bottom
Chapter 3: Revenge of the Hard Hats
Chapter 4: VistA in Action
Chapter 5: The Kizer Revolution
Chapter 6: Safety First
Chapter 7: Who Cares about Quality?
Chapter 8: When Less Is More
Chapter 9: Open-Source Medicine
Chapter 10: The Electronic Medical Records Movement
Chapter 11: Growing the VA
Chapter 12: The Vista Life Network