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Click link: "Addressing the Primary Care Crisis"
source: Health Workforce Information Center
synopsis: Provides a Q&A with Dr. John Geyman, author of "Health Care Wars - How Market Ideology and Corporate Power are Killing Americans." Focuses on the shortage and maldistribution of primary care providers, attempts to address these issues through policy changes and education, and barriers to implementing changes. (read full article)



Announcing the Migration of the HCD Blog Archives to CHC
Health Care Disconnects is a group of multidisciplinary health care professionals that collectively represent more than 400 years of combined medical experience. In the past year our team has written 65 authoritative blogs and articles, which can now be found here at opernicus Healthcare. These HCD Blogs and articles are organized by an easy-to-use navigational panel.

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A New Book by John Geyman, M.D. Coming Soon

How Obamacare is Unsustainable
/ by John Geyman, M.D.

To be published in January, 2015 by Copernicus Healthcare
ISBN paper: 978-0-9887996-9-1
Paperback: $18.95 /

Confusion and controversy have plagued the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) since its enactment in March 2010. Republicans have generally opposed the legislation and attempted to obstruct it in parts or repeal it altogether. Democrats have tended to support it, defending it against the opposition but wary of some of its problems. Patients and families are caught in the middle as the debate heats up in
election years.

This is the first book to take an evidence-based approach to assessment of the good and bad about this signature domestic legislation of the Obama presidency aft er fi ve years of experience. Th e evidence already shows that the three major aims of the ACA—to provide near-universal access to health care, to contain costs and make health care affordable, and to improve the quality of U.S. health care—are not being met. Evidence and experience show that the ACA’s approach to health care reform will not work. As it fails, the big question is what next? The case is made—on economic, social and moral grounds—that a single-payer improved Medicare for all system will meet the ongoing goals of reform. This book explains how all Americans can gain universal access to comprehensive health care, paying less than we do now, with more value and less bureaucracy.

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Recent Books Available from Copernicus Healthcare


Everybody In, Nobody Out - Memoirs of a Rebel Without a Pause / by Quentin Young, M.D.

Published in 2013 by Copernicus Healthcare / 252 pages
ISBN paper: 978-0-9887996-7-7
Paperback: $18.95 /

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Quentin hasn’t been afraid to speak truth to power. He hasn’t shied away from a good fight – as a teenager protesting the murder of unionizing steelworkers; as a University of Chicago undergraduate enlisting for duty in World War II; as physician to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Abbie Hoffman, Studs Terkel, Harold Washington and the Beatles when they were in Chicago; as chairman of medicine at Cook County Hospital; as doctor-organizer during the Freedom Summers in Mississippi and the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; as a witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee; and as a leading advocate for a single payer healthcare system.

In this long-awaited first person account, Quentin Young shows he’s not afraid to give his unvarnished opinions about people, politics, and policies and his advice for creating movements and organizations to make a difference.


Souls on a Walk / by John Geyman
Published in 2013 by Copernicus Healthcare / 210 pages

Paperback $11.95
eBook: $9.95
PB: ISBN 978-0-9837734-5-0
eBook: ISBN 978-0-9837734-5-0

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“I have been reading the memoir again, and find it as moving as the first time. I returned to it because a dear friend's husband is heading down the path your wife took, and I thought that it would be helpful to him. When I picked it up and started to address the envelope to her, I began leafing through it—and was hooked. You have given anyone who reads it a light into the darkness." —Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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Health Care Wars - How Market Ideology and Corporate Power are Killing Americans / by John Geyman, M.D.

Published in 2012 by Copernicus Healthcare / 248 pages
ISBN paper: 978-0983773481
Paperback: $18.95 / eBook: $9.99

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While pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and medical product companies profit, taxpayers are getting squeezed at an accelerating rate. To make sense of the system and understand why the health care cost debate is only beginning you have to read the succinct words of one of America's wise men, John Geyman, MD. Regardless of what the Supreme Court decides and which party controls Washington, Dr. Geyman's words of wisdom will guide us for the foreseeable future. A must read for all interested in health care policy.

"Dr. John Geyman's Health Care Wars is a tour de force..."
— Ralph Nader, author of Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build it Together to Win

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The Cancer Generation: Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm
Second Edition

(2012) 304 pages, $18.95
Coming Soon!
ISBN paper: 978-0-9837734-3-6
ISBN ebook: 978-0-9837734-2-9

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Baby Boomers, America’s largest demographic group ever, is reaching ages when cancer is most likely to strike, transforming them into The Cancer Generation - They face rapidly rising costs of cancer care that place necessary care beyond the reach of millions. The landscape of cancer care in this country is changing, and our market-based system is failing patients and their families. This book shows the way forward, outlining eight steps to lasting health care reform.

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The Art of Medicine in Metaphors / by James Borton

Published in 2013 by Copernicus Healthcare
Paperback: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-9837734-9-8

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Poetry and stories about illness address more than just the symptoms of disease. Narratives and poems are the pathways for people to make sense of and discover meaning in life’s difficult events. This anthology connects the world of medicine with patients’ experience. The lyrical power of patients’ voices and the metaphors they use offer insight, empathy, and compassion into the heart of the medical conversation. 

“It is always a privilege to listen to the voices of ordinary people as they struggle with the extraordinary challenges inherent in serious illness, disability, loss, and death.  In The Art of Medicine in Metaphors, these heartfelt stories pour forth, in poetry and in prose, and we are lifted up in reading them.” —Dr. Johanna Shapiro, Director, Program in Medical Humanities & Arts University of California, Irvine College of Medicine. Irvine, CA.

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Earlier Books by John Geyman, M.D.

Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans
by John Geyman, M.D.

“As always, John Geyman’s feet-on-the-ground, eyes-on-the-horizon writing about health care in America brings lucidity to the topic... It is Geyman at his best.” —Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, The George Washington University

(2011) 234 pages, $18.95

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Hijacked by John Geyman, M.D.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is being spun as the answer to our problems of health care access, costs and quality. But the dirty little secret is that the reform effort has been stolen by the very corporate interests that have perpetuated and profited from these problems for years. The result is a bailout of a failing insurance industry and a bonanza for Wall Street. Most Americans and Main Street lose once again. The need for real health care reform remains urgent. This well-documented book charts a path to that end.


(2010) 290 pages, $18.95

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Do Not Resuscitate by John Geyman, M.D.

Do Not Resuscitate traces the evolution and track record of the private health insurance industry in America over the last 80 years. This analysis reveals the extent to which the industry serves itself and investors before the needs of patients and their families.

(2008) 250 pages, $18.95

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The Corrosion of Medicine by John Geyman, M.D.

“John Geyman shines a bright light on the challenges to professionalism in the 21st century. If our profession can respond to his call to action, both physicians and patients will be the better for it.” —Christine K. Cassel, M.D., President of the American Board of Internal Medicine

(2008) 345 pages, $24.95

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Shredding the Social Contract by John Geyman, M.D.

“Dr. Geyman is a modern day Paul Revere. He warns America—with a stirring mixture of evidence and passion—of the wrecking ball the apostles of greed are taking to Medicare, a national treasure under attack.” —Robert Hayes President, Medicare Rights Center

(2006) 324 Pages, $16.95

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Falling Through the Safety Net by John Geyman, M.D.

"For better and for worse, the safety net is what stands between millions of Americans and no health care at all. Dr. John Geyman's Falling Through the Safety Net provides a brilliant road map to this nation's patchwork of medical coverage for the uninsured. As a practitioner, teacher, and medical leader, Geyman has learned his way around the safety net first hand. His book reflects that knowledge as well as his resolve to move beyond the safety net and put a firm floor of medical care in its place. Falling Through the Safety Net is an intelligent instruction manual for dealing with our present dilemmas and a vital prescription pad for moving beyond them. Powerful reading for all." —Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, author, Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care.

(2005) 224 pages, $24.95

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The Corporate Transformation of Health Care:

Can the Public Interest Still Be Served? by John Geyman, M.D.
The author explores how the corporate transformation of hospitals, HMOs, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries has resulted in reduction in services, dangerous cost cutting, poor regulation, and corrupt research. He sheds light on the political lobbying and media manipulation that keeps the present system in place. Exposing the shortcomings of reform proposals that do little to alter the status quo, he makes a case for a workable single-payer system. This is an essential read for today's practitioners, policy makers, healthcare analysts and providers, and all those concerned with the precarious state of America's under- and uninsured.

(2004) 328 pages, Springer Publishing Company

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Health Care in America: Can Our Ailing System Be Healed?
by John Geyman, M.D.
Written by a first-and-foremost clinician * Unique perspective sheds light on the urgency of health care reform * Provides a snapshot of our changed and changing system.Topics include major trends affecting health care, private verses public sectors in public health, improving access to health care, the aging population and its affects on health care, and principles and pathways for health care reform.

(2002) 441 pages, Published by Butterworth-Heinemann

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