Dr. Richard Young Discusses His Dystopian Healthcare Novel, "2060" (August 1st)
Dr. Young’s novel, “2060” tells the story of Willis Smith, a data analyst employed by IntegraHealth Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Smith is assigned to identify a surviving meta-quad, a patient that has survived four naturally occurring cancers. In his search Willis meets the owners of Mekong Gardens Senior Care Center who offer a distinctly different healthcare formula. The story arc peaks when the owners of Mekong Gardens’ care model is exposed and its owners are required to explain their alternative care model, or why they had been defrauding the Medicare program. The novel is accompanied by a 36-page afterward that provides invaluable context for the novel.
Dr. Richard Young, a native Texan, is the Associate Program Director and Research Director at the John Peter Smith Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Fort Worth. He has also worked in emergency departments for much of his career. Dr. Young has served on various committees and commissions for the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has had the privilege of training over 700 family physicians and teaching countless medical students. His publications have moreover concerned the nature of family medicine and the cost and processes of the U.S. healthcare system. In 2012 he published American HealthScare to help educate Americans about the difficult truths we face to better manage healthcare cost growth. This work resulted in his creating a related the blog www.healthscareonline.com. Dr. Young earned his undergrad degree in chemical engineering at UT, Austin, he graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital.