Book: The American Health Care Paradox

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The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less

Elizabeth H. Bradley, professor of public health and director of the Global Health Leadership Institute, and Lauren A. Taylor

(Public Affairs)

For decades, experts have puzzled over why the United States spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. In this book Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor marshal extensive research and get to the root of this paradox: We’ve left out of our tally the most impactful expenditures countries can make to improve their citizens’ health — investments in social services.

In “The American Health Care Paradox,” Bradley and Taylor illuminate how narrow definitions of “health care,” archaic divisions in the distribution of health and social services, and the “allergy to government programs” combine to create needless suffering and cost. They examine the constraints on and possibilities for reform, and profile inspiring new initiatives from around the world. Offering their own perspective on the problems “Obamacare” won’t solve, this book also points a new way forward.

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor discuss this book on C-Span's BookTV.