A guide to progressive healthcare packed full of actionable recommendations and a road map to a more inclusive and equitable future.
Health for Everyone: A Guide to Politically and Socially Progressive Healthcare brings together experts across a range of healthcare and related disciplines to explore how we can make our healthcare system more progressive for groups that have been overlooked for too long. Rather than a health policy manual adopting a 30,000-foot view, this is a practical guide to start making healthcare more responsive, more patient-centered, and more community-led—right now, starting from present realities. Zackary Berger, a well-known primary care physician, activist, and bioethicist, has brought together teachers, clinicians, advocates, and researchers, to map the steps we need to take to provide better care to African American, Latinx, chronically ill, and disabled patients while improving the system overall for everyone
Health for Everyone answers questions such as how do you provide the same care to every individual, when individuals are different? How do you get ideal care when you are a member of a disadvantaged group? What if you have a chronic condition that tends to get the short end of the stick, for which treatment might not be available, or be stigmatized? Focusing on a practical, yet ethical and philosophical case for progressive health care, this book focuses on what matters most to patients and on the steps we need to take to insure better health for everyone.
Zackary Berger, MD, PhD, is a primary care physician and bioethicist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He has published widely in the scholarly literature and for the lay public on making healthcare a reflection of the health needs of ordinary people and communities. He lives in Baltimore, MD.
Chapter 1: What is progressive health care?
Chapter 2: Shortness of Breath: Not So Simple
Chapter 3: Chronic Pain and the Movement Towards Progressive Healthcare
Chapter 4: Progressive Healthcare for People with Substance Use Disorder
Chapter 5: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Chapter 6: Cancer
Chapter 7: “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”: The History, Present, and Future of Healthcare Policy and Provision in U.S. Black Communities
Chapter 8: Sexual and Gender Minority Health: Meeting the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Patients
Chapter 9: Immigrant Health
Chapter 10: Improving Healthcare for Disabled Patients
Chapter 11: Pediatrics
Chapter 12: Latinxs
Chapter 13: Seeking New Voices and Perspectives for Healthcare in America: Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers of Language
Chapter 14: Progressive Healthcare for Seniors: Redesigning How We Deliver Care for Older Adults
About the Author
How can injustice in health care be remedied? Berger, a primary-care physician and bioethicist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and editor of and contributor to this accessible yet scholarly collection, recommends progressive ideas for “moving the needle” and offering better medical treatment for African American and Latinx patients, seniors, immigrants, and people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Berger is joined by 30 experts with academic and hospital positions, including an oncologist, rheumatologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, pediatricians, and individuals working in preventive medicine and not-for-profit health care advocacy. The writers propose noble, seemingly sensible solutions. For example, the chapter on language and health care offers suggestions for involving interpreters and embracing “cultural humility,” and the chapter on seniors discusses ways to bring such services as telemedicine to older adults rather than expecting them to get to a hospital or clinic. The professional know-how and subject matter are invaluable, and the extensive notes and bibliography make this a solid resource and needed call to action.
This book is unafraid to name broken systems and bold enough to submit solutions. I found the authors to be direct in their critiques of our current healthcare system without losing hope that healthcare can still be a force for the greater good.
As our understanding of the difference between health equality and health equity grows, so must our knowledge about the many barriers to optimal health. This comprehensive work walks through nearly every facet and principle essential to those seeking to better serve patients and improve health outcomes for all.
1/14/22, WYPR 88.1 FM (Baltimore) – On the Record: Zackary Berger talked about COVID care inequities in this radio segment.
5/12/22, Choice: This book was featured in a roundup of forthcoming titles in science & technology.
5/20/22, Publishers Weekly: This book was highlighted in a feature of new health books.
7/18/22, WYPR 88.1 FM (Baltimore) – On the Record: Dr. Zackary Berger and contributor Hal Kronsberg talked about the book and issues in the healthcare system.
7/28/22, JMore Magazine: Dr. Zackary Berger was interviewed about his thoughts on health care and topics from the book.
8/2/22, Becker’s Healthcare Podcast: Dr. Zackary Berger talked about health equity and more topics from the book in this episode.
10/10/22, Peste Mag: Zackary Berger wrote about protesting the capitalist healthcare system.
10/24/22 Peste Mag: Zackary Berger wrote about hospital employees and burnout.