Healthcare From The Trenches
Reviewed By: Susan Keefe
Susan Keefe reviews and promotes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and is also author of the Toby's Tails series of children's books.
A comprehensive look at the healthcare system by a trusted professional.
Alejandro Badia, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Cuba and came to the United States with his parents in 1962. His passion for medicine is in his genes, and at a very early age, he realized it was the career for him. He studied physiology at Cornell and attained his medical degree at New York University, where he also trained in orthopedics. He is co-founder of the world-renowned Miami Anatomical Research Center (M.A.R.C) the world’s largest surgical cadaveric training lab. He then went on to completed the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, a fully integrated clinical facility for the upper limb also encompassing the Surgery Center at Doral, rehabilitation, and an MRI imaging facility, and then he inaugurated OrthoNOW®, the first walk-in orthopedic care center in South Florida, which later became an officially licensed system. As well as incredible achievements in medical care he has studied, lectured, and taught in many countries, and has also written multiple scientific articles and book chapters in the field of small joint arthroscopy.
The author wrote this book because he passionately believes that the key participants in every healthcare transaction deserve a voice, and this is just what this book does. With such a vast experience, not only in his chosen field but also of others linked to it, the author provides his reader with in-depth information on every aspect of the healthcare system. In giving voice to so many medical professionals, and patients who share their stories on its pages, he hopes to educate others and hopefully encourage discussions to take place so that solutions can be found to restore the health system and go forward positively in the future.
As a layperson, I found the whole book fascinating. Like most people I look up to doctors and specialists with respect and admiration for the wonderful things, they achieve on a day to day basis. However, the author has done a wonderful job of allowing his reader to glimpse fly-on-the-wall like behind the scenes into the Doctor’s Lounge, the offices, committees, and careers of health professionals and the challenges they face. Through it, I learned so much and realized that the general public, on the whole, has no concept of how long hours medical professionals work, and how much paperwork and collaboration with other professionals goes on behind the scenes.
He is not shy in saying what he feels is necessary whatever the topic. The influences politics have in healthcare, hidden agendas, the workings of the health insurance companies, all are examined frankly and he offers solutions backed with solid reasoning.
Nearing the completion of this book the COVID pandemic hit the world, and its effects on the United States healthcare system and its impact on the patients and workers are discussed, and of course, this is an ongoing problem. He also examines the roles of regenerative medicine, and the anti-aging industry and with these, as other branches of the industry, he stresses the importance of comprehensive research when looking for a healthcare professional, and indicates factors which should be a priority.
In summary: This book makes fascinating and extremely interesting reading. It contains volumes of information and solid reasoning backed up by facts and examples. Highly recommended!