Andy Lazris MD

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[Excerpt] With this book I hope to demonstrate how our health-care system is failing our oldest and frailest Americans, and how that failure is inextricably tied to Medicare’s philosophy and payment structure. My critique is part of a larger social debate that is developing about the goals of modern medicine in particular and the health-care system in general. Many patients, physicians, other health-care professionals, and health-care organizations—including unions, foundations, patient-safety organizations, and politicians—are becoming increasingly concerned about the principles and practices that escalate health-care costs and put patients at risk.


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