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As a combat doctor ﬁghting to save lives while dealing with mass casualty events and incoming rockets, to owning a busy medical clinic in the USA ﬁghting to provide quality medical care while dealing with ill advised government regulations, excessive proﬁt driven policies by insurance companies, and price gouging by "big pharma,” Dr. Anderson has unique insight into what healthcare has become and what that costs each of us as patients.
Combining gripping and unblinking vignettes of combat and combat medicine in Fallujah, Iraq, with equally gripping examples of the state of healthcare in America, Dr. Anderson presents his prescription and a "call to action" to cure what ails our current healthcare system.
I had a hard time putting this book down. It is so well written with some very heart felt, difficult stories to be shared by the author. As a military widow from the Vietnam area, I glad to see a combat and a doctor tell it like it is. Makes you wonder how any of our Veterans are able to survive with any type of “normal” life at all. My Dad was a Marine who fought in Korea and 2 tours in Vietnam. He was a proud Marine but never the same after his 2nd tour of duty in Vietnam. War is horrible!
I agree with Dr. Anderson that our Congress sends our young men, and now women, to war without any idea of how that will effect the rest of their lives. My husband was 20 when he was killed in action (KIA) in Vietnam.
On the health care side of the book, I also worked in the health care world as a Registered Dietitian for 42 years. I provide preventive health care information to patients. It was mostly after the disease was diagnosed as no insurance companies would pay or support preventive health care measures. As Dr. Anderson pointed out there is more money in the disease diagnosis then in prevention!
To me this was an amazing well written book everyone should read and do really do the homework to take the first step to change our so called health care system.
Change comes one person, one step at a time! I thank Dr. Anderson for taking that step!
Dr. Anderson's depiction of his experience on his two tours in Iraq is raw and honest, laying bare the horrors of war. His account of how impossible it is to adjust to life at home highlights the importance of help for those with PTSD. Dr. Anderson challenges the reader to investigate our responsibility in our own healthcare and to evaluate how our current system works with suggested action items.
I recently had Dr. Anderson as a guest on The Mark Struczewski Podcast. As a courtesy, he sent me a copy of his book. I know it's cliche, but I couldn't put this book down. It gives a vivid insight into the world of medicine and what REALLY goes on. His idea for Universal Health Care in the Age of Accountability is something the United States needs to seriously consider. Unlike so many who are voicing their opinions, Dr. Anderson puts forth a possible solution. And that's what we need these days: solutions not rhetoric.
Using his extensive 18 years of medical education, experience and expertise, Dr. Reagan Anderson guides his readers on a journey of true stories about the stark realities of wartime military medicine and peacetime healthcare. But, he doesn't abandon his readers in the multitude of deficiencies in the U.S.A.'s broken healthcare system. Courageously, Dr. Anderson offers bold, specific and proven answers. This book is a noble treatise and a much-needed read whose purpose is "to inspire us to become part of the solution."
Dr. Reagan Anderson tackles an important, even taxing subject in a most readable, entertaining way. He weaves his story as a Special Forces doctor in the thick of combat with a resounding insight into our healthcare system. This is no ordinary expose about the problems overwhelming healthcare here in America, but rather a practical guide to solving the problem. Yes, there is some finger-pointing, but only as a stepping stone toward a more enlightened way of caring for patients and making sure it's done with heart as well as science. I highly recommend it.