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Transforming Healthcare Together
A Model for Restoring the Covenant of Trust
by Joel E. Yeager, MD

Overview


America's insurance-driven healthcare system is a mess. It's a cause of frustration to both patients who can't afford care and physicians who are overloaded by bureaucracy. After experiencing near-burnout early in his professional career, Dr. Yeager embarked on a vintage model of healthcare which eliminates third-party payors and returns medicine to the historic covenant of trust between patient and physician. Using vignettes from his primary care practice, he outlines a model which is far simpler and cheaper than it might appear. Transforming Healthcare Together provides a historical overview as well as an analysis of our current crisis and outlines a faith-based cooperative partnership between physicians, patients, and pastors.
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Description


Transforming Healthcare Together focuses on people and offers a fresh approach to a complicated system. The streamlined model of healthcare presented appeals to the everyday needs of all people.

The book endorses a model reliant upon trust and built on integrity, honesty, and confidence in the doctor-patient relationship. This focus restores the “soul” to healthcare - the idea that physicians genuinely care for the health and well-being of their patients. It demystifies the convolution of healthcare and makes it accessible to any reader. Speaking frankly about our broken system, Dr. Yeager creates an engaging conversation with readers characterized by expert knowledge, warmth, and candor.

Positioned as a faith-based approach, it seeks to reform the current healthcare system by reintroducing the value of community into the process. Its audience includes people who feel dissatisfied with their current healthcare system as well as experienced physicians wrestling with cynicism and crumbling under the weight of an overly complex system. It fosters a sense of optimism in patients by providing an alternative to the current system of healthcare. It taps into the desire to be part of a community, meeting the needs to be recognized, known, and cared for. It encourages physicians to improve relationships with their patients and rediscover the reasons they decided to practice medicine while restoring joy in their profession and re-discovering the reward of service through healing. It challenges pastors to teach a biblical understanding of care of the body as well as model how the church is far more capable of completing this task than third-party commercial insurers.

Transforming Healthcare Together promises to be a catalyst for change and transformation. Using examples from his own trailblazing model, Dr. Yeager remains convinced and hopeful that change is possible. As individuals become empowered in their own healthcare, they are positioned to create lasing change in their families, their places of business, their churches, and their communities.


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About the author


Joel E. Yeager, MD, is a board-certified family physician who practices in rural Pennsylvania. Early in his medical career, he chose to enhance his patient care by creating a practice that does not utilize third-party payors. Dr. Yeager says this is the best business decision he has ever made. His belief that this practice model could transform the face of healthcare in America led to this book. As of late 2018, Heritage Family Health is celebrating its seventh anniversary and is thriving. Dr. Yeager was raised in a conservative Mennonite community in Pennsylvania. His training took him to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Colorado Rockies before a very rich five-year international medical training program (MD, Kigezi International School of Medicine). He and his wife LuAnne were tutored in Cambridge, England and did clinical rotations throughout England, Scotland, Uganda, and the USA. Their family and community medicine residency was completed through Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Hobbies outside medicine include choral singing, photography, cooking on the Big Green Egg, and doting over three Yorkies—Lancelot, Tucker, and Mollie.
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Book details

Genre:MEDICAL

Subgenre:Health Care Delivery

Language:English

Pages:290

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543950250


Overview


America's insurance-driven healthcare system is a mess. It's a cause of frustration to both patients who can't afford care and physicians who are overloaded by bureaucracy. After experiencing near-burnout early in his professional career, Dr. Yeager embarked on a vintage model of healthcare which eliminates third-party payors and returns medicine to the historic covenant of trust between patient and physician. Using vignettes from his primary care practice, he outlines a model which is far simpler and cheaper than it might appear. Transforming Healthcare Together provides a historical overview as well as an analysis of our current crisis and outlines a faith-based cooperative partnership between physicians, patients, and pastors.

Read more

Description


Transforming Healthcare Together focuses on people and offers a fresh approach to a complicated system. The streamlined model of healthcare presented appeals to the everyday needs of all people.

The book endorses a model reliant upon trust and built on integrity, honesty, and confidence in the doctor-patient relationship. This focus restores the “soul” to healthcare - the idea that physicians genuinely care for the health and well-being of their patients. It demystifies the convolution of healthcare and makes it accessible to any reader. Speaking frankly about our broken system, Dr. Yeager creates an engaging conversation with readers characterized by expert knowledge, warmth, and candor.

Positioned as a faith-based approach, it seeks to reform the current healthcare system by reintroducing the value of community into the process. Its audience includes people who feel dissatisfied with their current healthcare system as well as experienced physicians wrestling with cynicism and crumbling under the weight of an overly complex system. It fosters a sense of optimism in patients by providing an alternative to the current system of healthcare. It taps into the desire to be part of a community, meeting the needs to be recognized, known, and cared for. It encourages physicians to improve relationships with their patients and rediscover the reasons they decided to practice medicine while restoring joy in their profession and re-discovering the reward of service through healing. It challenges pastors to teach a biblical understanding of care of the body as well as model how the church is far more capable of completing this task than third-party commercial insurers.

Transforming Healthcare Together promises to be a catalyst for change and transformation. Using examples from his own trailblazing model, Dr. Yeager remains convinced and hopeful that change is possible. As individuals become empowered in their own healthcare, they are positioned to create lasing change in their families, their places of business, their churches, and their communities.


Read more

About the author


Joel E. Yeager, MD, is a board-certified family physician who practices in rural Pennsylvania. Early in his medical career, he chose to enhance his patient care by creating a practice that does not utilize third-party payors. Dr. Yeager says this is the best business decision he has ever made. His belief that this practice model could transform the face of healthcare in America led to this book. As of late 2018, Heritage Family Health is celebrating its seventh anniversary and is thriving. Dr. Yeager was raised in a conservative Mennonite community in Pennsylvania. His training took him to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Colorado Rockies before a very rich five-year international medical training program (MD, Kigezi International School of Medicine). He and his wife LuAnne were tutored in Cambridge, England and did clinical rotations throughout England, Scotland, Uganda, and the USA. Their family and community medicine residency was completed through Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Hobbies outside medicine include choral singing, photography, cooking on the Big Green Egg, and doting over three Yorkies—Lancelot, Tucker, and Mollie.
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