Everyone concerned with health care reform should read this book. From President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehmer to the elderly and uninsured, Americans could learn a great deal from Dr. Kozel’s perspective. Maggie Kozel, M.D. practiced pediatrics in the military and in private practice, and she has a clear vision of what’s wrong with our private system. She speaks out boldly about those bugaboos politicians wish would go away: universal health care, Medicare and Medicaid, our insurance system, and malpractice. Dr. Kozel interned and did a pediatric residence in the Navy. After ten years, including stints as a general medical officer on board a ship and a pediatrician at a base in Japan, she and her neurologist-husband left the military for private practices in New Jersey. In the Navy, Kozel did not have to deal with toilet training, sleeping through the night, or picky eaters. She did what she was trained to do: keep children healthy. Nurses did the child-raising counseling. Cost was never an issue for either patient or physician, eliminating the third-party payer as a middleman and making possible the treatment of small problems before they became huge. The military long ago embraced universal health coverage, and it works well for them.
Author and blogger Judy Alter recently reviewed Maggie Kozel’s book, The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor’s Journey In and Out of Medicine , for Story Circle Book Reviews. Check out what she had to say, below.