Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong

Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong

by David Goldhill

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Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong by David Goldhill

In 2007 David Goldhill’s father died from infections acquired in a well-regarded New York hospital. The bill, for several hundred thousand dollars, was paid by Medicare. Angered, Goldhill became determined to understand how it was possible that well-trained personnel equipped with world-class technologies could be responsible for such inexcusable carelessness—and how a business that failed so miserably could still be rewarded with full payment. 

Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result. In it Goldhill explodes the myth that Medicare and insurance coverage can make care cheaper and improve our health, and shows how efforts to reform the system, including the Affordable Care Act, will do nothing to address the waste of the health care industry, which currently costs the country nearly $2.5 trillion annually and in which an estimated 200,000 Americans die each year from preventable errors. Catastrophic Care proposes a completely new approach, one that will change the way you think about one of our most pressing national problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345802736
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 194,016
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

David Goldhill is president and chief executive officer of GSN, which operates a U. S. cable television network seen in more than 75 million homes and is one of the world's largest digital games companies. He is a member of the board of directors of The Leapfrog Group, an employer-sponsored organization dedicated to hospital safety and transparency. Goldhill graduated from Harvard University with a BA in history and holds an MA in history from New York University.

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