4 out of 4 stars
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Surviving the Business of Healthcare is an informational text and memoir by Barbara Galutia Regis, M.S., PA-C. The author’s father was a family physician. She describes the changes that she has seen over the years watching her father practice a very individual style of medicine as opposed to the many rules and regulations often leading to impersonal and overpriced patient care that the author herself faces today.
The author is in the unique position of being able to discuss healthcare both from the perspective of a provider and a patient. She received successful treatment for amelanotic nodular melanoma, a rare skin cancer.
This brief book offers an overview of the problems facing modern healthcare, both from the perspective of a patient and the perspective of a provider. By this point, most people are aware that the U.S. healthcare system does not work well for many patients. It is often prohibitively costly and private insurance tends to try and find loopholes to avoid paying for procedures and medications.
The book was professionally edited. I found no errors in the text. It is written in an easy-to-read style that a layperson will be able to understand while discussing issues that healthcare professionals will appreciate.
The book is not a detailed analysis of the issues facing the healthcare industry. Professionals seeking an in-depth analysis of such may prefer a different resource.
There was nothing that I disliked about Surviving the Business of Healthcare. As both a former healthcare provider myself (licensed practical nurse) and a person living with a myriad of chronic conditions, I appreciated this book. If I had not been able to qualify for Medicaid, it is likely that I would not be around to write this review.
For most of my working life, I was employed in physically demanding and often low-paying jobs. There were many times that I was unable to afford health insurance and ignored health issues. Doing this eventually resulted in an injury that has left me permanently unable to work an outside job. There are many people who are in the position that I was in, being one disaster away from financial collapse.
I appreciated the author’s perspectives and her advocacy for patient-focused care. As a big person with a history of trauma, I have often resisted seeking care not only because of monetary issues but because I expected to be shamed both for my body and my anxiety. I feel like the author would listen to a person like me and provide an atmosphere of trust as opposed to an atmosphere of blaming and shaming for having a body that deviates from the desired results in many ways.
I give Surviving the Business of Healthcare four out of four stars for being a well-written overview of the problems facing the U.S. healthcare system. I hope that the author might consider writing a more detailed analysis of the issues presented in this text at a future point.
Surviving the Business of Healthcare
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