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Book Review

‘The American Health Care Paradox’ by Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor

The great paradox of American health care, according to Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor, is that although American per-capita spending on health far exceeds that of any other country on earth, the results achieved fall well short of other nations that spend much less. This includes such basic measures as life expectancy, maternal and infant mortality, and infant birth weight, for example.

So are we to conclude that we’re simply getting shortchanged by an inefficient medical system? Not exactly, the public-health specialists argue in their new book, “The American Health Care Paradox.’’ The reality is more complex than that.

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