Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Book review: Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely

Whether or not you agree with some aspects of the book's premise, you can't argue with the value of a volume dedicated to helping you make health insurance and health care choices and decisions.This book offers straightforward information on insurance plan choices, medical practices, common medical concerns and situations, medications (and their development and marketing), scams, and wellness. Not a true self-help book (and I mean that as a complement), rather this presents information so that the reader can better understand what is going on around him and behind the closed doors of medical practices and insurance providers.With modern medicine and insurance company practices both changing daily, with federal and state mandates conflicting with policies and written plans, with advances in technology and medication regimens no one can keep up with all swirling around every American today, a book like this one is a valuable addition to the personal, healthcare or public library.

Particularly positive is the emphasis on wellness and minimizing one's use of unneeded resources while not avoiding necessary medical consulation and services.
Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System, by Davis Liu, M.D.; Stetho Publishing, 2008

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