Bleeding the patient

David Himmelstein M.D., Steffie Woolhandler M.D., M.P.H.
Ida Hellander M.D.


Bleeding the patient
The Consequences of Corporate Health Care



ISBN 1-56751-206-2 (cloth) ISBN 1-56751-207-0 (pbk)
Common Courage Press 2001

Contents

Introduction: The Failure of �Free Market� Healthcare

  1. Rich Country, Poor Care
  2. Increasing Inequality: The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Sick
  3. The Inefficiencies of Private Healthcare: Rationing in the Midst of Plenty
  4. Profit-Driven Managed Care: The Disease, Not the Cure
  5. Medicare HMOs: Tax-Funded Profiteering
  6. The HMO Scam: Rich Investors, Poor Care
  7. Corporate Care: Inferior Quality, Inflated Prices
  8. Thinking Clearly on Drugs: Pharmaceutical Profiteering
  9. Solutions are at Hand: Other Nations Do Better
  10. Northern Light: Canada�s Experience with National Health Insurance
  11. A National Health Program and American Culture: Do They Mesh?
  12. A National Health Program for the United States