Getting What We Deserve: Health and Medical Care in America
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 okt. 2009 - 152 pagina's
One of America's leading public health experts finds a host of ills in this country's health care system:
• The United States spends nearly twice as much on health care as the rest of the developed world, yet has higher infant mortality rates and shorter longevity than most nations.• We have access to many different drugs that accomplish the same end at varying costs, and nearly all are cheaper abroad.• Our life span had doubled over the past century before we developed effective drugs to treat most diseases or even considered altering the human genome.• The benefits of almost all newly developed treatments are marginal, while their costs are high.
In his blunt assessment of the state of public health in America, Alfred Sommer argues that human behavior has a stronger effect on wellness than almost any other factor.
Despite exciting advances in genomic research and cutting-edge medicine, Sommer explains, most illness can be avoided or managed with simple, low-tech habits such as proper hand washing, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and not smoking. But, as he also shows, this is easier said than done.
Sommer finds that our fascination with medical advances sometimes keeps us from taking responsibility for our individual well-being. Instead of focusing on prevention, we wait for medical science to cure us once we become sick.
Humorous, sometimes acerbic, and always well informed, Sommer’s thought-provoking book will change the way you look at health care in America.
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Note: After four years of New York City tobacco control initiatives, the percentage
of adults who smoked dropped for every age group except among the small
number of highly addicted survivors, 65 years or older. The greatest reduction in
Between 1991 and 1998, the number of states in which 15 percent or more of the
adult population was obese grew like wildfire (Figure 16). By 2008, more than
one-quarter of all U.S. adults, and 40 percent ofall African American women,were
States in Which More than 15% of Adults Are Obese United States 'gIiI- r FIGURE
16. OBESITY As AN EPIDEMIC. U.S. states in which more than 15 ercent of
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