For the Hurt of My People: Original Conservatism and Better, Simpler Healthcare

by Joseph Q. Jarvis

Book Description


As Americans, we know our healthcare system is broken, expensive, and unfair.
Now, let’s find a way to make improvements in how we care for ourselves.

In For the Hurt of My People: Original Conservatism and Better, Simpler Health Care, Joseph Q. Jarvis, MD, MSPH, a long-time public health physician, offers practical ideas on how to untangle the messy politics which keep our nation from really reforming how we do healthcare.

Illness or injury should not be reduced to a business opportunity, but instead should be a chance to meet individual need and thereby promote the general welfare of American society.

Charity, in the broad spiritual sense, should be the driving force in how we do healthcare, because altruism better motivates than avarice.

Whether we Americans can heal our fractured society depends upon whether we can find common cause with each other in caring for all our sick and injured.

Join the growing movement for better, simpler care for all Americans with For the Hurt of My People.


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Review by Melissa Dalton Martinez

For many, the subject of healthcare and how it’s provided can be confusing and daunting, and whenever options are debated, it can be difficult to know enough of the information to take a side.

In his new book, For the Hurt of My People, Joseph Q. Jarvis, MD, MSPH, seeks to describe and clarify for those outside the medical profession, and speak in favor of a state-based single-payer healthcare model. Dr. Jarvis approaches the current obstacles in United States healthcare practices from a professional and altruistic mindset. In addition to being an author, Dr. Jarvis has worked as a medical doctor as well as a medical consultant. He draws from his own experience and shares anecdotes that a wide range of readers can easily comprehend and consider.

The title and Jarvis’s ideals are both highly inspired by his faith, but he intends this book broadly for anyone who is invested in improving their communities. Whether citizens are already for or against single-payer healthcare, or more likely if they are not particularly familiar with it, For the Hurt of My People provides some excellent points to consider. After all, nationwide healthcare practices affect everyone within a country’s borders, regardless of their political leanings or religion, so this can be a very helpful and informative book for all.

Though this is a follow-up to The Purple World, also about single-payer healthcare systems, you can read For the Hurt of My People without having read the previous book. For the Hurt of my People is also more up-to-date and addresses some more of the objections and pitfalls of different approaches to healthcare.

This is the call to action we have needed for a long time. Dr. Jarvis’ passion for improving the health and well-being of all Americans is inspiring and also shows what is possible for our future if we enact change in our healthcare system now.