The Grand Disguise

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Monograph declaring that healthcare in America is a broken bone in a state of non-union. It was set awry, the cast is deteriorating, and we are in the process of applying Band-aids to the cracks in the plaster. The problem was that our government and our industrial leaders began to desert Logic 101 some 50 years ago and, thinking they could repeal the laws of human nature, created the Grand Disguise -- in which the payor is deprived of control over his/her management of the healthcare dollar. Then followed the Tragic Flaw, the Zoom Factor, and the rest. Cost skyrocketed, and the ills of medicine all derive from this. The cure is a return to common sense, programmed over the next half-century, and outlined in some detail here. See comments by prominent senators, educators, and economists.

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"What is happening now is indeed a tragedy. The only hopeful sign is that good people like [the author] are willing to devote effort to changing it. . . [This] analysis of what is wrong is I believe entirely correct."--MILTON FRIEDMAN, Nobel Laureate in Economics.

". . . a remarkably clear, strong, no-nonsense essay . . . I doubt if so much truth about medical coverage in the United States has ever before been put together in such a cogent fashion."-- Dr. WILLIAM M. CHACE, President, Emory University

"What an excellent piece! . . . [this] clear and thorough analysis captures the fundamental problem with our healthcare system." --PAUL COVERDELL, U. S. Senator from Georgia

". . . factual, entertaining, frightening and last -- hopeful." -- HARRISON ROGERS, MD, Past President, American Medical Association

"[Dr. Waters] has captured an enormous amount about what's happened to medicine in a relatively small space. More to the point . . . [he has] suggested some very concrete things people can do about the problems."-- ROBERT DAVIDOFF, MD, Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine

"Thought-provoking , . . .so well-researched . . . could lead to the changes . . . .put forward." --R. BRUCE LOGUE, MD, internationally known cardiologist and educator

" . .[a] most interesting paper . . . it is time to de-electrify the so-called third rail of government." -- Jane M. Orient, MD, Executive Director, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons

""I have relished the reading of it and the insights . . . ." --Patricia Minors, PhD, MBA, Asso. Prof. and Program Director, Health Care Administration, Western Kentucky University

"The Grand Disguise has been brilliantly exposed! I am staggered by the keen analysis and clarity of expression." -- MARY LU MITCHELL, community leader, Atlanta, Ga.

From the Inside Flap:

Quotes from THE GRAND DISGUISE:

"We need the healthcare dance director to call now for removal of our fiscal masks before we are consumed. We need for him to announce, "Ladies and gentlemen, the costume ball is over."

"Over the last half-century the consumer and the provider of healthcare have had free access to an unlimited number of blank checks with no supervision of the check writing."

"We have behaved as if Congress can somehow suspend the laws of human nature by taking a vote."

"If we had managed food the way we have healthcare over the last 50 years,, we would now be eating stone soup."

"If indeed we can proceed with a plan for returning the management of the healthcare dollar to the individual, reason will have been introduced. . . and providers will compete to reduce, not pad, prices."

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