Managed Care Made Easier

This just out: “The Insider’s Guide to HMOs: How to Navigate the Managed-Care System and Get the Health Care You Deserve” (Plume) by Dr. Alan J. Steinberg.

Chapter titles in this 231-page, easy-to-follow paperback include: “How to See the Best Specialists for Your Needs,” “Difficult Patients and the HMO Mentality,” “The Special Problems of Medicare HMOs” and “How to Choose the Safest and Best Health Insurance for Yourself and Your Family.”

Steinberg, formerly with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, sprinkles this primer with entertaining HMO-related cartoons.