Needed: A new paradigm for healthcare and social services
The new paradigm for healthcare and social services
No matter what your issue is in healthcare or social services, you will find useful guidelines in my new book. But don't take my word for it - see below.
My name is Rick Steele. I am a highly qualified clinician in acute and internal medicine, but also a public health specialist and educator. I have for decades fought bureaucrats to bring about better conditions for the socially outcast and downtrodden. It is my firm conviction that the inability of society to provide each and every individual with optimal conditions to become able to contribute honestly and meaningfully to the common good is not only unjust, unfair and callous, it is also bad business. In the long run, it is much cheaper to invest in this than it is to pay for not investing in this. Meanwhile, no one seems to know how to make resources available to make this happen. Insufficient funds is not the main reason. It is because the existing finances are all too often used on inefficient and/or wasteful activities. Identifying such slack is, meanwhile, a complicated and daunting task that requires a roadmap to navigate. Such a roadmap has not existed before, but now my new book, Managed Care in a Public Setting gives just such a roadmap. It lays out practical and compelling guidelines for achieving managed care in health and social services, thus freeing up needed resources to achieve a much needed and improved betterment of the public health and social justice. This is most needed among the socially outcast and downtrodden, but will furthermore improve the general health of the population being served. Not just another theoretical musing, the book gives guidelines for achieving what everyone has been talking about for decades, but not doing. Now, the only excuse left is not having read this book!
Prof. Jonathan Weiner, Johns Hopkins University, the grand old man of managed care, writes: “Worldwide, the demand for health care services is rising inexorably at the same time available resources are being constrained. This book provides a practical and compelling roadmap to all those facing the myriad challenges of balancing care, cost and social conscience. Health care policymakers, managers and clinicians everywhere should read this book for its many lessons and insights!”
Prof. Evelyne de Leeuw, Deakin University, writes: "Truths are never lost, they just get -occasionally- forgotten. Rick Steele's reflections on managed (primary) care are a powerful testimony to this.
In an age of ever-increasing hyperspecialisation in biomedical and clinical practice, of virtually logarithmic doubling of peer-reviewed health science literature every year, and of ever stronger beliefs around the pervasive nature of evidence-based health care, we have forgotten an important truth about people's health and how to care for it. Health is hardly created by the health system, which should rather be called the palliative system, or disease management system. Health, as the recent Marmot reviews on their social determinants show, is created where people live, love, work and play. Those places (or 'settings for health') are created and sustained by powerful systemic parameters, such as the economy, the ecosystem, education and early life, and most of all, political choice.
Managing this complex, interconnected, system of causes and 'causes of causes' of health and illness cannot be left to epidemiologists or clinicians, however brilliant they are.
Steele argues for a comprehensive, targeted and multiprofessional approach to managed primary care that deals with some of the most challenging issues in the disease management system. His analysis stems from work mainly carried out in the 1980s and 1990s, and is strongly validated for the new millennium by two streams of action. First of all, Steele himself has been practicing his approach in a variety of capacities in Scandinavia for some decades now, yielding impressive results. But more importantly, recent insights and rediscoveries by WHO and other international and national bodies substantiate Steele's proposals. Recently, the World Health Assembly re-endorsed the Primary Health Care approach unequivocally, and not as a partial 'horizontal' or partial 'vertical' disease-driven community development strategy. Even more recently than that, a United Nations Summit was convened to address the looming - and in many places already rampant - epidemic of non-communicable disease. On both occasions, a measured and managed approach to health development and disease prevention was strongly advocated, and in turn endorsed by civil society.
Rick Steele isn't just rediscovering these truths. In his work he shows how to make it work."
The book can be ordered via the publisher and various online book sellers. It is easy to find via Google. The URL for the book is: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=39269&osCsid=c99a0babc9525fabbd4679f066abcf93
and a video presentation is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYDZW1hk0ls&feature=youtu.be
NB: The first printing was sold out, but the second printing is now ready to ship.
Have tongue (and powerpoint), will travel.
Richard Evan (Rick) Steele, MD, MPH, PDC, BCSPHM
Senior House Officer
Certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer, John Maxwell Team
Chairman, Danish Society for Integrative Medicine
Psychiatry and GP Consultant
Address: Tyttebærvej 26, Sejs, 8600 Silkeborg
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