NU Online News Service, Jan. 28, 2004, 5:22 p.m. EST – Richard Saul Wurman has published “Understanding Healthcare,” a colorful consumer health care.[@@]

Wurman, a graphic designer, is best known for his colorful, graphical city guides and investor education books.

The new, 336-page book, which sells for $25, divides health care information into 3 categories: “Understanding Yourself,” which deals with the reader’s own body; “Understanding Them,” which discusses doctors, hospitals and medical technology; and “Making It Happen,” which explores topics such as health insurance, the economics of death, managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and the differences between the U.S. health system and health systems in other countries.

The long term care section, for example, lists and explains the 6 most widely used “activities of daily living” and lists some guidelines for evaluating LTC insurance policies.

UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., a large managed care company, is helping to finance the publication of the book.

More information about the book is on the Web at http://www.understandinghealthcare.com