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Published:March 4th, 2010 12:02 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Carolyn L. Engelhard, Author of Health Care Half Truths

Judyth Piazza chats with Carolyn L. Engelhard, Author of Health Care Half Truths

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Carolyn L. Engelhard, MPA, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and a Health Policy Analyst in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In addition, she directs the Master of Science program in Clinical Research in the Department of Public Health Sciences and provides techical and consultative services to state Health and Medicaid agencies. She lives in Crozet, Virginia.

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"Health Care Half-Truths is a provocative and important book--easy to digest and stimulating to the mind! By challenging the conventional wisdom, it forces all of us to rethink what we know about American health care." "Karen Davis, President, Commonwealth Fund

Aren`t you tired of hearing that the American health care "system" is broken? Well, it is: you can`t understand your bill--or pay it; you wait for an hour before seeing the doctor for 10 minutes; and that was your child who was just laid off, and whose family has no health insurance. Now, a new book by Dr. Arthur Garson Jr., Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, informs Americans about American health care, ways in which it is tarnished and ways in which it shines. Garson says that if we are going to make our healthcare system work for us we must begin with a common set of information; but our current information comes from "sound bites" that on their surface seem perfectly reasonable, but on closer examination are wrong.

Health Care Half-Truths untangles the misinformation, misperceptions and confusion that have confounded the American public and our elected officials. Dr. Garson identifies twenty myths about the U.S. health care system and uses his extensive knowledge and keen insights to blow them apart. diagnoses the health care crisis, addresses and debunks 20 commonly held perceptions, and delivers a system that meets the needs of patients, physicians, and politicians.

Take this true-false test and read the book to find the answers!

American medical care is second-rate compared to other countries: T/F

America wastes one-half of its medical care dollars: T/F

Most medical care dollars are spent in the last 6 months of life: T/F

Preventive care saves money: T/F

Consumers are able to make the best decisions about their medical care: T/F

There is a  safety net  of government programs providing health care for the poor: T/F

Major change in the American health care system is impossible: T/F