America spends over 2.6 trillion dollars on health care each year, yet we rank 37th in the world for health care outcomes. 50 million Americans have no health insurance, and 80 million are underinsured. Even if the Affordable Health Care Act is fully implemented, the American health care system will still in need a dramatic overhaul. How can we fix a system designed to treat disease into one that promotes wellness?
Idaho physician Dr. Ted Epperly addresses these issues in his new book, Fractured: America's Broken Health Care System and What We Must Do To Heal It. Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with Epperly about the book and his strategy to create an integrated, accessible and patient-centered approach to medicine.
In addition to his writings, Epperly directs the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and is the chair of the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians.