History Lesson: Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care
February 8, 2012 in Member Stories
By happenstance, I ended up at a book signing of Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care by Stuart Altman and David Shactman. On the basis of their brief presentation prior to the signing, I bought two copies. They sold out what they brought to the signing. The room was packed, standing room only (approx 200 attendees)
In my opinion, great book, great end notes, great bibliography for further reading, great glossary. In the latter, I finally saw a clear definition of “coinsurance”. I stumbled across that term recently in my latest health insurance search. Insurance reps on the phone had difficulty explaining it to me. Probably Savvy members know that “coinsurance” is not insurance at all. It is the portion of a medical bill that the insured person must pay out-of- pocket. I am surprised that someone hasn’t claimed that Universal Health Insurance is not required because we already have had Universal Health Coinsurance. It is great bureaucratese. I wonder where it originated.
Review at: http://www.publishersweekly.com/9781616144562