So I got an email from a student asking for a basic primer on the US Healthcare system. He’s at Northwestern, so I might recommend him Edward FX Hughes as a go to guy. But my two favorite books about health care are The Social Transformation of American Medicine (by Paul Starr) and Demanding Medical Excellence (by Michael Millenson). Neither are exactly beginner material. I was originally quite taken 15 years ago with Joe Califano’s America’s Health Care Revolution, but that’s pretty dated now.
Given that I haven’t written the definitive work myself, and that Jon Cohn hasn’t finished his book yet, what would you suggest as a great introduction? (Yup, this is an open thread…). And are there millions of students just waiting to buy such a book if I write one? (Publishers wishing to send advances, please email me!!)