Critical Condition

Critical Condition

How Health Care in America Became Big Business-- and Bad Medicine

Large Print - 2004
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In Critical Condition, award-winning investigative journalists Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele expose the horror of what health care in America has become. They profile patients and doctors trapped by the system and offer startling personal stories that illuminate what's gone wrong. Doctors tell of being second-guessed and undermined by health care insurers; nurses recount chilling tales of hospital meltdowns; patients explain how they've been victimized by a system that is meant to care for them. Drug companies profit by selling pills in the same manner that Madison Avenue sells soap, while Wall Street rakes in billions by building up and then tearing down health care businesses. And politicians pass legislation perpetuating the injustices and outright fraud the system encourages.

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2004
ISBN: 9780375434150
Branch Call Number: L 362.1 BAR
362.1 BAR
Characteristics: 406 p. (large print) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Steele, James B.


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Oct 17, 2014

Want a good overview of healthcare in America to help understand why national healthcare is needed? Published in 2004, yet even more relevant in 2014.

Jul 25, 2014

Ultimately this book was difficult to read because it smelled strongly - of mold? Perhaps someone w/ fewer allergies would get more out of it

Jan 06, 2014

This is a far superior book to "American Healthcare Paradox" by so-called researcher/scholars who appear to be following a different agenda than these investigative jounralists! Although they got all the details right, the macro financial picture is a bit beyond them (not intended as criticism of their book, merely elucidation of the subject) - - the Wall Street cost drivers are the two top cost drivers because the American system is private sector: (1) hedge fund super-speculation the last decade or so, across the entire healthcare sector; and, (2) private equity/leveraged buyouts (led by David Rockefeller's protege, Peter G. Peterson and his Blackstone Group) across the healthcare sector. Otherwise, the authors present us with the facts, something we all can use! (Essentially, the Affordable Care Act is simply the bank bailout, version 2, as the private health insurance companies, and major pharmaceuticals, are owned by the banks - - they promoted the offshoring of America, and now the health insurance business is hurting as there are fewer employees to be covered at American corporations.)


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