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Mired in the Health Care Morass

An Alaskan Takes on America's Dysfunctional Medical System for his Uninsured Daughter


by Neil Davis


"This is a well written and researched book illuminating the dark interior of health care financing, ranging across billing practices for physician services, drugs, laboratory, and hospital services. A penetrating analysis from a consumer's point of view, unique in its detail, which shows how complex, fragmented, unaffordable, and unsustainable our market-based health care "system" has become. Motivated by the tragic illness of a family member, Davis carries his research to a study of our system as it compares with those of other industrialized nations, making a compelling case for a publicly-financed system of single-payer national health insurance."


—John P. Geyman, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine, University of Washington; author of The Corporate Transformation of Health Care: Can the Public Interest Still Be Served?


March 2008

paperback, ISBN 978-0-9749221-4-0

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Reviews & Mentions:

"I found this book to be interesting, challenging in some of the more technical areas, extremely informative in those same areas, and especially interesting because of the Alaska focus. I recommend this book to anyone faced with large medical bills. I recommend this book to anyone who has a serious interest in the structure of health care financing in Alaska or nationally. I recommend this book to all health care and public health professionals, and I think this would be an excellent book for classroom use at the university. I commend the author for his ability and desire to turn personal tragedy into a public resource that will educate and help others."
—Lawrence D. Weiss, Alaska Health Policy Review, July 16, 2008 (reproduced with permission)

"Davis's book is an important contribution to the literature on the American health care system…"
Humane Medicine, May 2008, v. 8 n. 1

"'Mired' offers an eloquent indictment of America's health care system"
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, February 24, 2008

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Ester, Alaska


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Anchorage, Alaska


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