Sense of Direction: It Needs to be Restored: Part I Healthcare
“A nation of 300 million people, the most powerful, most advanced, richest, and yet most indebted, we spend over 15% of the gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare, which is higher than anywhere else in the world, and still rank 35th on the health care scale of the World Health Organization (WHO) and manage to keep 47 million people without any health insurance coverage. Have we lost our sense of direction?” Dr. Raj Gandhi has written a startling and searing account of our health care crisis and a potential cure to go along with it.
Sense of Direction takes its readers through a well-guided maze, from the dark beginnings of a health condition, including the worrisome trip to the hospital emergency room, continuing through to diagnosis, treatment and then, ultimately, the chaos of billing to the patient and the health insurance company. Gandhi’s writing style is engaging in that he utilizes the narrative form in the cases of his patients; the information is enhanced by an engrossing story feel, albeit highly infused with medical terminology, which I found to be overwhelming to some degree. Readers across the board will appreciate his short story technique.
Progressing through the chapters, the writing becomes more technical and reads rather like a medical journal, insurance claim, and legislative materials all wrapped into one. The subject is such a highly heated, debated, and relevant reality that it is refreshing to see not only an honest depiction at the travesty of our health-care approaches and the way our citizens are treated (or rather, left untreated), but also a thought-provoking and genuine attempt at a real solution.
The stories of Mrs. Dhareycow, Willy Joe, and even Mrs. Gandhi’s stories will fill readers with agony and angst, which are often the preludes to change. This is a read for those in power: lawmakers and voters alike. This is not a lazy day read, not an easy one; it is, however, one that is worth investing in and passing along. It will enlighten, anger, and possibly move you to become part of the change this country so desperately requires.
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|Author||Raj Gandhi, M.D.|
|Page Count||286 pages|
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|Category||Health, Fitness & Dieting|