Family physician, author, blogger, speaker, physician leader.


“Our health care system is becoming increasingly complex and confusing. More than ever, staying and getting well requires that patients be informed about their care. This thoughtful and engaging book is all you need to get the right care – reading it is like having a doctor in the family.”

Robert M. Wachter, M.D.
Author of Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America’s Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes
Professor and Associate Chairman, Dept. of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Editor, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Web M&M ( ) and Patient Safety Network ( )
Blog – Wachter’s World

“Cancer can be scary. Being uninformed can be even more scary. Staying healthy should not be a mystery. Educate yourself, then act on that information.”

Ernie Bodai, M.D.
Author of The Breast Cancer Book of Strength & Courage: Inspiring Stories to See You Through Your Journey and “I Flunked My Mammogram!”
Director of Breast Surgical Services at Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento
Founder of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp
CEO of Cure Breast Cancer, Inc.

“Getting medical care is increasingly more confusing, expensive, and frustrating. See it through the eyes of a practicing primary care doctor. Clear your thinking. Focus on the right things and then do it.”

Paul Ehrlich, M.D.
Author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Allergies and Asthma: Simple Steps to Help Stop Attacks and Improve Your Child’s Health
Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine
Medical Director, Project E.R.A.S.E.

“Health care quality in America is not created equal – you need to know where to find it, and how to demand it. Informing yourself about what questions to ask and how to ask them can help you make solid health choices that can make all the difference in your health and quality of life.”

Margaret E. O’Kane
President, National Committee for Quality Assurance

“This book could save your life.”

Gary Baumgarten
Host of Newstalk

“Dr. Liu’s book combines a great amount of practical advice with answers to questions that doctors, unfortunately, don’t always have the time to answer. In basic, simple terms, Dr. Liu provides not only a great overview of what’s what in the health care world, but how to navigate the system, questions to ask your doctor, and how to make your health care dollar go further. This is a must read for anyone interested in their health or the health of their loved ones. Very well done.”

D. Kim

“This book is superbly written in that it provides insightful and practical advice on the U.S. healthcare system in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format. Tips and real-life experiences are included throughout the book to highlight the important aspects when trying to determine which health plan to purchase, how to make the most of a doctor’s visit, which preventive screen tests should be taken and what actions to take to stay healthy. This is truly a must-read!”

P. Lee

“I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to take good care of themselves without going broke.This book is filled with lots valuable information. It has everything you need to know when choosing a health plan, how to get the most of that plan, how to take care of yourself and how to save some money while taking care of yourself. Everytime I pick up the book, I learn something new!

I really liked the layout of the book. It is easy to find information by using the detailed table of contents. Each chapter ends with a “Take Home Points” which summarized the key points. The “Real Life Examples” are entertaining to read and also drive home the point the author is trying to make. As a mother of a newborn, I don’t have long periods of uninterrupted time to read. The layout of the book makes it easy to read a few sections at a time while still picking up on valuable advice.

This is a great book to read as well as using it for reference purposes. Websites are also listed for the reader if they get more information on a certain topic.

Would make a great holiday present for anyone!!!”

J. S. Yep
Jim Agnew, The Literary World, Daily Book Pick – December 2007

“Thousands die prematurely every year not due to medical errors, but to lack of preventive interventions – and the wrong healthcare choices. Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely tells how to make the right treatment choices, from assessing alternative therapies to locating the right doctor, maximizing doctor visits, and asking for the right screening procedures. It places health care responsibility in the consumer’s hands by providing basic details and is suitable for any general-interest lending library strong in consumer health issues.”

Midwest Book Review, January 2008