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Trump -- Adopt this plan!
By Tony TN on November 6, 2016


This book outlines a sensible, fair, pragmatic and comprehensive plan for making healthcare not just affordable and available to everyone, but also better. Each short (and very readable) chapter deals with a different aspect or stakeholder in the healthcare debate and describes how the plan would affect the delivery or improve the quality of that part of the medical system. This is neither a "Big Government" nor a "Darwinian Free Market" approach but, instead a well thought out blueprint for morphing our current medical morass into something we will be able to cherish and be proud to pass on to our children. And it is a very American solution to the problem - not attempting to stuff a European or Canadian plan whole-cloth into our society. Dr. Lancaster writes clearly and concisely in language that anyone can understand, and anticipates and addresses objections as he makes his case. Whether you love or loathe the ACA you owe it to yourself to read this book if just to see how calm reason can be applied to this complex and emotionally-fraught problem.

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Read this book to once again feel that we could indeed fix our broken healthcare system!
By Wendy Bellows on August 15, 2016

 This extremely easy-to-read, 90-page book is a MUST READ for anyone concerned with healthcare in the United States today! The ACA (Obamacare) helped many get coverage who had none before, but it did almost nothing to address the main problem, which is that the system is overly complicated, does little to prevent disease, spends huge resources on treating disease, and treats people differently based on their income, employment status, race, or age. This book presents a new plan conceived by a group of healthcare professionals - those in the trenches who deal with the healthcare system every day and who know its strengths and weaknesses. It presents a practical, realistic plan to overhaul and modernize healthcare in this country as a public system that covers basic healthcare need for everyone, while still allowing private insurance to cover what the public system does not.
 This book is for ANYONE concerned about this topic. It's written in simple, plain English that anyone can follow and is well organized. The first chapter summarizes the benefits for patients/consumers, healthcare professionals, hospitals, businesses, government, private insurance companies, and public health agencies, and explains the EMBRACE plan. Each chapter that follows focuses on explaining the benefits of the plan and how it would work for each audience (patients/consumers, healthcare professionals, etc.). And an Epilogue discusses how we could make EMBRACE a reality.
 Read this book to once again feel that we could indeed fix our broken healthcare system!



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EMBRACE
By Teresita Rubio for David Hamerman, MD on July 27, 2016

 Gilead Lancaster MD, has set forth a dramatic plan to introduce a new and comprehensive health system under the concept of EMBRACE (Expanding Medical and Behavioral Resources with Access to Care for Everyone.)
 The plan will improve healthcare for patients, and streamline healthcare for professionals, hospitals and businesses. Benefits will be notable for government and private insurance companies. Public health agencies will be integrated effectively into the entire system.
 I suggest all those concerned with improving the healthcare system in our country read this book.

A Revolutionary New  Healthcare System for the Twenty-First Century

The EMBRACE Plan

In this book, Dr. Lancaster not only explains the need for a new healthcare system like EMBRACE but also demonstrates how it might feel to live in the United States with such a system. Working under the assumption that the reader has no background in the subject, he provides an idea of the possible effects of EMBRACE on consumers (patients), doctors, hospitals, businesses, and even government.


The book and a Kindle version of the book are now available on Amazon.com. 




 

As an introduction, below is an excerpt from the books prologue:


You may be asking yourself, “Really? Another book about healthcare reform? Didn’t Obamacare fix our healthcare system? Or ruin it?”

Regardless of your opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the official name for Obamacare, it made only a small improvement to a very broken system—a system rooted in the twentieth century that is having difficulty adapting to the twenty-first. The Affordable Care Act did much to increase the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, and it possibly even reduced unneeded spending. However, it did little to address the most pernicious problems of the US healthcare system—an overly complex system that spends a huge amount of resources on treating disease rather than preventing it and that regards people differently based on their income, race, employment status, or age. Moreover, it often allows Congress, government bureaucracy, and for-profit insurance companies to be the decision makers rather than medical professionals.


Those who treat patients know that the problems plaguing the American healthcare system are too deep and complex to be remedied merely by revamping insurance coverage and blindly cutting the cost of service delivery. These professionals also know that the problems will only continue to fester and grow unless they are resolved. The deeply entrenched obstacles they encounter daily in their offices and their hospitals have not really been addressed by the many legislative acts enacted both before and after the Affordable Care Act. People from both ends of the political spectrum have come to realize that the only solution is an overhaul of the current system that will preserve its positive qualities.


EMBRACE (Expanding Medical and Behavioral Resources with Access to Care for Everyone) is a plan envisioned by a group of healthcare professionals who believe that the solution must come from those who work within the healthcare system every day, who know both its strengths and its weaknesses, and who have direct connections with the patients who use it. These professionals understand that reforming service delivery by increasing the number of insured people, or by changing the way doctors and hospitals are reimbursed, simply escalates the bureaucratic burdens and often creates misdirected incentives in patient care.


The group that developed the EMBRACE proposal, Healthcare Professionals for Healthcare Reform, concluded that the current American system is so rooted in archaic concepts, infrastructure, and technology that the only solution is to completely rebuild it. When people first hear about EMBRACE, they often have a skeptical reaction: “You mean you want to eliminate the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare, Medicaid, and even the Food and Drug Administration?” The response is yes! When a weed with a very extensive root system overruns your garden, the only solution is to uproot the entire garden and replant it. Similarly, the only solution to our current healthcare dilemma, which has grown out of control over the past century, is to remodel it from the roots up. Of course, there may be some plants worthy of preservation, but even these may need to be replanted once the new garden is established. 

You might ask, why not adopt a “single-payer” system or just expand Medicare to cover the entire population and eliminate private insurance? The answer is that both of these options are neither politically nor economically viable.[i] In 2014, private insurance accounted for one-third of national health expenditures and almost 6 percent of the gross domestic product.[ii] Even if Congress had the political will to go against the insurance lobby, it would be hard-pressed to find a model in any western country that does not offer some form of private insurance. Even countries with single-payer systems have developed a rather robust private insurance sector. These private payers often compete with the public system for the healthier and less “needy” patients, leaving the public sector with a patient population that is sicker and costs more to treat. These increased expenses usually lead to fewer resources and worse services, which in turn can lead to a bipartite healthcare system. Under such an arrangement, those who can afford private insurance receive efficient, full-featured services, while a slow, ineffective, expensive public system attempts to meet the needs of the majority of the population. 

The single-payer models that fare best attempt to integrate the system’s private insurance component into the public component in a way that reduces or eliminates competition for patients. This, in essence, is how EMBRACE is organized: as a public system that covers the basic healthcare needs of the entire population while allowing private insurance to cover what the public system does not. But instead of organizing this system as an afterthought, or as a “fix” of a single-payer model, EMBRACE merges public and private sectors into one seamless system. EMBRACE offers many incentives for private insurers—and their stockholders. Yet it significantly reduces the cost of private insurance and makes it easier for consumers to understand what they are purchasing. In addition, consumers who choose not to buy private health insurance do not run the risk of financial ruin as they do under the current system. 

More important, EMBRACE modernizes healthcare in a way that brings the American system into the twenty-first century while maintaining most of the best aspects of the existing system. It is user-friendly and significantly reduces consumer concerns, such as bankruptcy or lack of coverage. But what may be most important about EMBRACE is that it provides a system designed to deliver the best science-based healthcare to the entire US population—something that cannot be said about the current system. 

This book attempts not only to explain the need for EMBRACE but also to demonstrate how it might feel to live in the United States with such a healthcare system. Working under the assumption that the reader has no background in the subject, I attempt to provide an idea of the possible effects of EMBRACE on consumers, doctors, hospitals, businesses, and even government. The book begins with a detailed general description of the plan; each subsequent chapter explains how it might benefit specific groups. Each chapter concludes with a table that compares the various features of EMBRACE to the current system and to a single-payer system. 

Single payer is included in the comparison tables because it is one of the most popular alternative proposals to the current system. In addition, many people who first hear about EMBRACE often confuse it with a single-payer plan. Unfortunately, picking one such single-payer plan for the purpose of comparison is difficult; there are many different plans around the world, and there have been several single-payer system proposals for the United States. One of the most popular is the Physicians’ Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance (NHI), which is modeled on the Canadian healthcare system and is an extension of Medicare to the entire population.[iii] Where details are lacking or unclear in the NHI proposal, the Canadian system is used.


[i] J. Oberlander, “The Virtues and Vices of Single-Payer Health Care,” New England Journal of Medicine 374 (2016): 1401—03, accessed April 22, 2016. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1602009.

[ii] NHE Fact Sheet, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, accessed April 4, 2016. http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet.html.

[iii] Woolhandler, Steffie; Himmelstein, David U.; Angell, Marcia; Young, Quentin D. (August 13, 2003). Proposal of the Physicians' Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance. JAMA 290 (6): 798–805.