"David Gratzer is a practicing psychiatrist who combines firsthand knowledge of medical practice in both his native Canada and the U.S. with an independent point of view and a rare capacity for lucid exposition of complex technical material. . . If you want a well-written, interesting yet authoritative and thorough account of what is wrong with medicine today and how to cure American health care, this is the book for you."

- Milton Friedman,
Nobel Laureate, Economics (from foreword to The Cure)




(Encounter Books, October 2006)
By Dr. David Gratzer, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

With Foreword by Milton Friedman

Dr. David Gratzer's newest book The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care has received nation-wide acclaim, inciting the Wall Street Journal to recommend that "our nation's policy makers read The Cure" and prompting the Washington Post to describe Gratzer's work as "an artful job of concisely laying out what ails the U.S. system and how things got to be that way."

The Cure is commanding the attention of politicians, pundits, and American readers across the country. Dr. Gratzer has received calls from national Senators and Representatives, he has been hosted by over forty of America’s most popular media hosts, and he has delivered the keynote address at major medical conferences from coast to coast – including the World Health Congress in Washington DC.

With a book that the late Milton Friedman called "a well-written, interesting yet authoritative and thorough account of what is wrong with medicine today and how to cure American health care," Dr. David Gratzer will surely have an increasing role to play as health care inevitably rises to the top of the American political agenda.


We are surrounded by medical miracles: polio has been eradicated; childhood leukemia is now treatable; death by cardiovascular disease has declined by two-thirds in the last fifty years. Yet while American medicine has never been better, angst over American health care has never been greater.

Why is American health care such a mess? In this pathbreaking book—Nobel laureate Milton Friedman calls it "fascinating and thorough"—Dr. David Gratzer goes to the heart of the problem, showing that the crisis in American health care stems largely from its addiction to outmoded and discredited economic ideas.

What needs to be done? Dr. Gratzer mounts a bold and provocative argument, rejecting the conventional wisdom that socialized health care is compassionate and that top-down government agencies like the FDA actually save lives. Instead, he prescribes a strong dose of capitalism.

The Cure offers a detailed overview of American health care, from economics and politics to medical science. Weighing in on the most controversial topics in health care, Dr. Gratzer makes the case that it’s possible to reduce health expenses, insure millions more, and improve quality of care while not growing government or raising taxes. An award-wining author and essayist, he is a master storyteller, enlivening his book with anecdotes, interviews, and stories drawn from his own extensive clinical experience. He details the cardiac woes of Robert E. Lee and Dick Cheney, describes a chat over coffee with Canada’s foremost private medical entrepreneur (an acquaintance of Fidel Castro, as it happens), and explains the evolution of his own thinking, from advocating HillaryCare as a medical student to promoting individual choice and competition today.

The patient is in critical condition; Dr. Gratzer diagnoses the disease and prescribes the cure.


David Gratzer, a licensed physician in the US and Canada, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His research interests include Medicare and Medicaid, drug reimportation, and FDA reform.




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Manhattan Institute



Lauren Powers
Publicity Director
Encounter Books

Book Info:

Available at
ISBN: 1594031533

ISBD: 159403219X

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