While politicians and pundits never tire of debating universal healthcare, the reality today is the only people in America guaranteed to get all the healthcare they need at no cost are convicted criminals. Court decisions guarantee community-quality healthcare for incarcerated men and women regardless of ability to pay. What are the costs for taxpayers and the convicts facing lives outside their control?
In Doc Miller’s Prison Prognosis: An Insider’s Examination of Correctional Healthcare, Health Services Administrator and University Educator Mark Elliott Miller takes the reader inside prison and jail clinics across America to see healthcare behind bars. He shares touching and tragic stories to inspire every reader to look differently at healthcare in our country.
Advice for Life from the Mouths of Elders
There is great wisdom in the hearts and minds of our elders. Too often, this wisdom is lost as time passes. What a tragedy! In writing this book, elder rights advocate and author Mark Elliott Miller emailed, mailed, and hand-delivered surveys to over 100 independent and assisted living eldercare communities in all 50 states. He asked activity directors, administrators, and other staff at these facilities to identify one or two residents “who have healthy attitudes towards life.” Once identified, these elders answered questionnaires in their own words. Elders in 18 states participated by sharing timeless pearls of wisdom for all to enjoy!
Extraordinary Encounters In An Ordinary Life
In Extraordinary Encounters in an Ordinary Life, Mark Miller writes of everyday experiences (growing up in a Jewish household, raising children) and unique experiences (interviewing the Dalai Lama, running for public office). Miller tells of colorful characters he has met as newspaper reporter, copywriter, and marketing manager, and describes the difficulty of raising children after divorce.
Reflecting on a career in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, he recounts personal experiences with the dying, including members of his own family, providing insight into how health care systems often fail the poor and elderly. He asks questions about health care issues that become increasingly critical as Baby Boomers head into their final years. Finally, he gives personal accounts of celebrities he has met and interviewed, including Jimmy Carter and George Bush, which paint fresh portraits of the people behind the photos.
Mark Miller’s experiences and life lessons can serve as reminders for us to pay closer attention to the people and the blessings in our lives and to live every day with open minds and open hearts.
Mark Elliott Miller
Mark Elliott Miller has been a healthcare administrator, university educator and author for over three decades in multiple U.S. states. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also completed one year towards a Ph.D. in Applied Gerontology from the University of North Texas-Denton.