The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It

by Marty Makary MD


View All Available Formats & Editions
Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on June 8, 2021


Business Book of the Year—Association of Business Journalists

From the New York Times bestselling author comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America's broken health care system—and the people who are saving it—now with a new Afterword by the author.

"A must-read for every American." —Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBES

One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, travels across America and details why health care has become a bubble. Drawing from on-the-ground stories, his research, and his own experience, The Price We Pay paints a vivid picture of price-gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games in need of a serious shake-up. Dr. Makary shows how so much of health care spending goes to things that have nothing to do with health and what you can do about it. Dr. Makary challenges the medical establishment to remember medicine's noble heritage of caring for people when they are vulnerable.

The Price We Pay offers a road map for everyday Americans and business leaders to get a better deal on their health care, and profiles the disruptors who are innovating medical care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well—a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635575910
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/08/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 649,497
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marty Makary, MD, MPH, is a surgeon and Professor of Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unaccountable. A leading voice for physicians in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he was the lead author of the articles introducing a surgical checklist, later adapted by the W.H.O. and has published extensively on health care costs, vulnerable populations, and quality science. He served in leadership at the W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives project and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He lives in the Washington DC area.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I Gold Rush

1 Health Fair 1

2 Welcome to the Game 15

3 Carlsbad 36

4 Two Americas 52

5 The Ride 70

Part II Improving Wisely

6 Woman in Labor 89

7 Dear Doctor 99

8 Scaling Improvement 111

9 Opioids like Candy 127

10 Overtreated Patients like Me 139

Part III Redesigning Health Care

11 Starting from Scratch 153

12 Disruption 167

13 Buying Health Insurance 177

14 Pharmacy Hieroglyphics 191

15 4K Screens 205

16 Diagnosis: Overwellnessed 215

17 The Words We Use 227

18 What We Can Do 237

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 249

Index 261

Customer Reviews