Currently I’ve been working on finishing up this book called The Health Care Handbook. I know, it sounds dry, but this is a GREAT resource for both pre-meds and medical students. This past summer I ordered it because I didn’t want to go into clinicals blind. We all would like to think we have enough time to know all the ins and outs of the health care system before we get there, but let’s get real, we are too busy! This book provides a really great look at the health care system and is surprisingly an easy read.
What I love about this resource:
– Only about 200 pages (thank-you!!!)
– Each chapter covers a different aspect of health care including: health care systems, insurance and economics, policy and reform, etc.
– Each chapter has a huge list of references right after it (I’m all about the quality of where they get information!)
– The writers were Washington University in St. Louis medical students at the time (this helps a ton with the readability and also what they chose as “high-yield” things to include)
– Its undergone a revision/update….again, this is ideal because the medical system is always changing
– The end of the book has a chapter on health care providers, which is SUCH a great resource. It basically has a breakdown of the people involved in health care but it includes the job description, average salary, licensing process, education needed, etc. This is a great resource to flip to (even as a patient) so you know what credentials each provider has!
Easy, readable tables on each type of health care provider.
Easy to understand graphics that are straight to the point and help make confusing topics simpler.
If you are looking for a good resource that won’t read like a textbook be sure to pick this up. You can order it on Amazon (click here)for only $15.99 if you want the paperback.