Restoring Quality Health Care
Restoring Quality Health Care

Restoring Quality Health Care

A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost


178 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ePub, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $25.95)

Publication Date: September 2020

ISBN 9780817923952

Price: $18.95


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) granted the federal government unprecedented regulatory authority over health insurance and the health care industry. Those changes ignore the fundamental problems with the existing system: the incentives that have caused runaway costs and excluded millions of Americans from accessing the world’s best medical care. Many former ACA supporters now push for an even more extreme takeover of the US system: overt single-payer health care, or “Medicare for All.”In Restoring Quality Health Care, Dr. Scott W. Atlas offers a fundamentally different approach to improving America’s health care system. Instead of framing the debate with the traditional trade-offs—fewer benefits versus higher taxes—his plan is modeled around a new paradigm: restoring the appropriate market-based incentives to increase the quality of health care and reduce its costs. He proposes a six-point reform plan for US health care centering on lower-cost catastrophic coverage and universal, significantly expanded health savings accounts (HSAs). The plan transforms the US health care system and enhances innovation by instilling market-based competition and empowering consumers through incentives and strategic deregulation. Most important, the health care reforms in this plan reflect the key principles held by Americans concerning what they value and expect from health care in terms of access, choice, and quality.

Author Biography

Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Working Group on Health Care Policy. He investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, and pricing; global trends in health care innovation; and key economic issues related to the ­future of technology-­based medical advances. Dr. Atlas is a frequent policy adviser to policy makers and government officials. He has served as se­nior adviser for health care to a number of candidates for president of the United States. He often travels to Washington, DC, to testify before Congressional committees and conduct policy briefings on Capitol Hill and for the directors of key agencies in the federal government. Dr. Atlas’s most recent books, in addition to the first edition of Restoring Quality Health Care (Hoover Institution Press, 2016), include In Excellent Health: Setting the Rec­ord Straight on America’s Health Care System (Hoover Institution Press, 2011), and Reforming America’s Health Care System (Hoover Insti­tution Press, 2010). His work and interviews have appeared worldwide, in media including BBC Radio, PBS NewsHour, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Hill, Forbes, CNN, USA Today, Fox News, London’s Financial Times, Brazil’s Isto E, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Argentina’s Diario La Nación, and India’s The Hindu. Dr. Atlas also advises entrepreneurs and companies in the life sciences, medical technology, and health information technology sectors.Dr. Atlas is also the editor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine, the leading textbook in the field, which has been translated from En­glish into Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese and is in its fifth edition. He has been an editor, an associate editor, and a member of the editorial and scientific boards of several journals as well as national and international scientific socie­ties during the past three de­cades. As professor and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 ­until 2012 and during his prior academic positions, Dr. Atlas trained more than one hundred neuroradiology fellows, many of whom are now leaders in the field throughout the world. Dr. Atlas is recognized internationally as a leader in both education and clinical research and has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his leadership in ­these fields.Dr. Atlas received a BS degree in biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-­Champaign and an MD degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.