Book Review

Miracle Cure: How to Solve America's Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn't the Answer

Sally C. Pipes
Pacific Research Institute/ The Frazier Institute

This is an interesting book for those who like the politics of healthcare.

Sally Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. She has addressed national and international audiences on health care, women’s issues, education, privatization, civil rights and the economy. This book came out during the 2004 presidential campaign and should have been reviewed earlier, but it was not received until October. Even though the election is over, the book is still valuable because it contains useful information about the current state of our healthcare system. Although the author does not say what party she sides with, I assume she is a Republican and would side with President Bush’s views on health care. Pipes believes in less government intervention and more consumer control over healthcare spending and decisions. In Miracle Cure she explains why our healthcare system is broken and how it can be fixed. She addresses the reimportation of drugs into the United States from Canada and other foreign countries, and why it is not such a good idea. She outlines the potential longterm damaging effects that reimportation will cause. She advocates Health Savings Accounts, reduction of costly federal and state regulations and mandates, and tort reform. She has testified at the national and state levels on key healthcare issues facing America, including pharmaceutical pricing, the problem of the uninsured, the false promise of a single-payer system as exists in Canada, and strategies for consumer-driven health care. She supports the independent pharmacist, our accessibility and our roles in disease management. Since she is a Canadian who has lived in the United States for more than a decade, she has an interesting perspective on health care and how it should be managed. Finally, she reviews the Canadian system and includes her ideas on how Canada can improve its system as well.

Reviewed By:  Sally Bink
In:  Mar/Apr 2005