Building a Unified American Health Care System: A Blueprint for Comprehensive Reform

Gilead I Lancaster

Building a Unified American Health Care System: A Blueprint for Comprehensive Reform
Johns Hopkins University Press
United States
23 May 2023

Building a Unified American Health Care System: A Blueprint for Comprehensive Reform

Gilead I Lancaster

A blueprint for comprehensive, science-based health care system reform.

Financial and political pressures on our health care system have negatively impacted individual care and the health system as a whole-an issue that has only become more acute because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Building a Unified American Health Care System, Gilead I Lancaster, MD, lays out a blueprint for comprehensive health care reform by mapping out a unified system run by health care professionals-not politicians or commercial health insurance companies-that offers universal coverage and access.

Lancaster compares the current arguments for single payer versus commercial health insurance systems with arguments in the early 1900s for a central bank versus regional commercial banks. He then introduces a novel solution: the establishment of a National Medical Board similar to the Federal Reserve System that helped fix the American banking system over a century ago. Along with other innovations, a plan co-created by Lancaster dubbed EMBRACE (Expanding Medical and Behavioral Resources with Access to Care for Everyone) would involve creating a modern, evidence-based health care system, one offering universal coverage for basic health care needs while allowing for commercial insurance participation. Emphasizing the importance of separating health care from governmental and commercial pressures and incentives, Lancaster explains the need for comprehensive-rather than incremental-reform of the American health care system.

Touching on public health, economics, history, finance, and information technology, this clear-eyed book offers a unique roadmap toward holistically transforming the entire American health care system in ways that improve care for all Americans. It will inspire health care leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders to take a good look at our system as a whole and strive for something better.

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