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This book is for patients and family members who find themselves in the often confusing confines of a hospital environment. With a clear and concise approach, this book tackles the major elements of a hospital visit, while helping to relieve uncertainty, reduce stress, and free patients to focus their energies on getting better. "Hospital Stay does a masterful job of making a complex subject easy to read and understand." --C. Duane Dauner, President, California Hospital Association "I thought so highly of this book, it is now mandatory reading for all of our new consultants." --Steven T. Valentine, President, The Camden Group
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Oct 19, 2010This book is just what my family needed when my dad got diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It was easy to read and covered just about every topic we needed to reference. It doesn't talk down to you like some medical guides, and it gives both practical advice and reference guides. I especially liked the way it explained the ridiculous ways hospital bills are created, and what to look out for. It's a good resource to have if you've got family in the hospital.
Oct 1, 2010Unfortunately, I've spent a lot of time in hospitals in recent years due to illness and catastrophic injuries in my family. I wish I'd had this book then! Somehow, I managed to claw my way through confusing diagnoses, treatment instructions and hospital bills. But it wasn't easy and the frustration I felt was often overwhelming. When someone you love is ill, even ordinary tasks can seem unmanageable. The complexities of the healthcare system make an already difficult situation even more untenable. Hospital Stay is meant to ease that distress. In clear and concise terms, the book walks you through the entire hospital experience from admission through diagnosis through treatment and the final bill. Patients and their loved ones are empowered to navigate the complex healthcare system with confidence. It's a must-read for anyone in the unfortunate position of spending time in a hospital. At some point, that's all of us.
Sep 21, 2010As a general rule, it's only a matter of time before you'll end up in a hospital. While you're there, the treatment that you or your loved ones receive will likely change or even save their lives. Knowing this, and knowing that healthcare reform is rapidly approaching, I have a hard time explaining why I've remained fundamentally ignorant of how hospitals work for so long. The best reason that I can come up with is also the simplest: hospitals are complicated. I expect that books about hospitals will be intimidatingly complicated, which is why Hospital Stay was such a pleasant surprise. Whether it's discussing large-scale philosophical issues or just general facts of interest (like what each of the color codes can mean), the authors have done a brilliant job of determining what it is that the layperson wants to know, and then delivering that information in simple-yet-rich terms. Now that I know about this book, I'll never go to a hospital for care without first referencing it. Whether... More > you're looking to put your mind at ease, prepare yourself for an upcoming stay, or become informed on this truly fascinating subject, Hospital Stay is by far the best resource that I've come across. It should be everyone's first stop for answering any and all hospital-related questions.< Less
Sep 16, 2010Having had a couple of surgeries over the past year, I regret not having had this book available as a reference. However, I am very grateful to Mr. Garner, Dr. Gionis, and Dr. Gough for creating something that's thorough, yet extremely easy to use -- something that I will surely have ready for any future surgeries, hospital stays, or even just ongoing doctor visits. It's truly a relief to finally know the ins-and-outs of the medical industry's maze of procedures, billing, and methodology. I would encourage anyone who may find themselves in a hospital or doctor's office (which is just about everyone) to pick up a copy, read it through once, and have it ready whenever necessary. It's empowerment at your fingertips. The book is organized very simply, with chapters/sections set apart from each other in a very intuitive way. In other words, it's easy to find exactly that individual bit of knowledge that you may need at any one time. A great gift to give yourself, a friend, aging parents,... More > or anyone else who could benefit from the authors' extensive experience on how to navigate the often befuddling world of healthcare. You'll thank yourself for always having this book available.< Less
Sep 14, 2010As a young, and fortunately, healthy individual I have not been put in the position of having to deal with hospitals, doctors, or medical tests; nothing beyond routine check-ups to this point (knock on wood). However, in that I am aware of my own mortality, and the statistical likelihood of having to interact with our medical system, I was more than excited to find this book with the hopes of being better prepared for what may come about in the future. "Hospital Stay" does a great job of describing 'who' you'll be interacting with in the hospital, 'what' they will be doing to you, and 'why' these medical professionals are proceeding the way they are. Beyond that, the section of the book that talks about how to interact with and help loved ones cope with a hospital stay is very insightful and something that you probably won't find in many other places. Being the CEO of a hospital, the author is uniquely positioned to give advice on the "Hospital Stay" and Garner... More > does a good job of explaining in a way that any reader will understand. I was certainly not disappointed with this book, and I think it is an excellent read for anyone who is either in or going into the hospital. If you are looking to better understand our healthcare system, you should definitely read this book.< Less
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- Craig B. Garner (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- To Sustain, LLC
- November 9, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.72 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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