Dr. Kirkwood’s first book, Equal Health Care For All (ISBN 13: 978-0-9796994-0-5) (2007), details an expansive overhaul of our American healthcare system. By defining and developing two crucial concepts, the doctorpatient relationship and a Department of Homeland Medicine, he dissects our current system and restructures it so that equal health care for all can evolve from an ideal into a reality. Advance care directives; hospital nurse staffing; medical education; primary care vs. specialty care; medical malpractice legal reform; doctors’ and hospitals’ billing being linked to documentation of work performance via electronic central delivery and storage of the medical record; and healthcare construction – certificate of need requirements are all discussed. In addition, he explains the responsibilities for both the doctor and the patient in fulfilling the duties of the doctorpatient relationship, which he defines as the fundamental primary goal to be achieved.
For true reform, we must cease viewing the dollar bill as the most important accomplishment of our healthcare system’s businesses and careers. Equal access to sound, ongoing, non-conflicted doctorpatient relationships is far more valuable for us both as individuals and as a nation. This ideal must be served and sustained by the hard-earned dollars of the American people. This book guides us on a less-traveled path towards a more substantial achievement than our current system can possibly offer. http://www.amazon.com/Equal-Healthcare-M-D-Garth-Kirkwood/dp/0979699401/ref=sr_1_33?s=books&i.e.=UTF8&qid=1308674050&sr=1-33
Dr. Kirkwood’s second book, Socialized Health Care Reform (ISBN 13: 978-0-9829947-0-2) (2010), describes how and why the American healthcare system is much more “socialized” than the general public understands or the government and healthcare corporate sector wish to admit. He believes the nexus between major healthcare businesses, including insurance and hospitals, and political power creates conflicted functioning within individual doctorpatient relationships, which furthers the agenda of controlling healthcare spending at the expense of clinical decision making, while leaving profit and political goals unscathed.
This eye-opening account of how the American healthcare system operates yields a new definition for socialized medicine, which describes its effective meaning, as opposed to the standard, economic policy definition, which becomes burdened with concepts such as public versus private payers, socialized medicine versus social insurance, government-run etc., etc. The reality of socialized medicine is manipulated, controlled doctorpatient relationships such that clinical decision making becomes conflicted by dollar management, and this is then used to satisfy a higher power’s agenda, generally greed, campaign finance for political re-election, or political ideology. In the USA, the business of medicine is privatized and the medicine of medicine is socialized. Dr. Kirkwood notes that true healthcare reform cannot occur until the doctorpatient relationship becomes free of external control from any payer and returns to its primary position as the essence of medicine, to be supported and served by the entire system.