Sunday, 1 August 2010

july reading

Nanny Returns
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus - this was a boring book about stupid people. I was disappointed because I remember enjoying The Nanny Diaries (although I also really disliked Citizen Girl). Don't waste your time.

The House of Hope and Fear: life in a big city hospital by Audrey Young - having worked for the equivalent of the health department back in Australia and having done just that one Health Economics subject, everything that has been happening with health care reform, particularly health insurance, here in the US these past two years has been fascinating to me. This book combines stories of both doctors and patients at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center along with some commentary about the bigger picture - rising health care costs, lack of health insurance, pharmaceutical costs, undersupply of primary health care. Although this is not the strongest aspect of the book they are really interesting topics and I'm planning to read some more about them. Worth reading.

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