An American Sickness How Healthcare Became Big Business And How You Can Take It Back Random House Large Print

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Publisher: Random House Large Print
ISBN: 1524756202
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New York Times bestseller.

At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems.

“Patients can save thousands of dollars by purchasing An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal.”— New York Journal of Books


In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?

Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. 

The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

Paying Till It Hurts

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing
ISBN: 9781524756208
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This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform.

America S Bitter Pill

Author: Steven Brill
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0812996968
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But by chance America’s Bitter Pill ends up being much more—because as Brill was completing this book, he had to undergo urgent open-heart surgery.

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Author: Donald L. Barlett
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780385504553
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. . More than 100 million people with inadequate or no medical coverage . . . This may sound like the predicament of a third-world nation, but this is America’s health care reality today.

Ending Medical Reversal

Author: Vinayak K. Prasad
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421417723
Size: 76.39 MB
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What Dr. Vinayak K. Prasad and Dr. Adam S. Cifu call medical reversal happens when doctors start using a medication, procedure, or diagnostic tool without a robust evidence base—and then stop using it when it is found not to help, or even ...

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Author: Stuart Altman
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616144572
Size: 74.73 MB
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Blending political intrigue, policy substance, and good old-fashioned storytelling, this is the first book to place the Obama health plan within a historical perspective.

The Patient S Playbook

Author: Leslie D. Michelson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385352298
Size: 10.83 MB
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Along the way you will learn: Why having the right primary care physician will change your life Three things you can do right now to be better prepared when illness strikes The ten must-ask questions at the end of a hospital stay How to ...

When Breath Becomes Air

Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0812988418
Size: 70.38 MB
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Praise for When Breath Becomes Air “I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . .

And The Band Played On

Author: Randy Shilts
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781429930390
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One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

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Author: Marilyn Wedge
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101639636
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In A Disease Called Childhood, Wedge examines how myriad factors have come together, resulting in a generation addictied to stimulant drugs, and a medical system that encourages diagnosis instead of seeking other solutions.