What You'll Learn:
The American healthcare system has seen better days. Costs of even routine medical procedures are astronomical and continue to skyrocket, which raises insurance premiums. One in five Americans has an outstanding medical debt. Many of them are hounded by debt collectors and face financial insolvency. Ordinary citizens are caught up in (and weighed down by) a game that forces them to pay out large sums to hospitals, insurance companies, or both. The burden is becoming increasingly unmanageable, and politicians get mired in debates that only scratch the topsoil.
After interviewing CEOs of hospitals, insurance company executives, politicians, doctors, nurses, and lots of patients in 22 US cities, Johns Hopkins University surgeon and professor Marty Makary sheds light on the imbroglio and proposes solutions. He argues that while the medical system has its share of crooks and opportunists, most professionals are good people who wish to do good but struggle against a dysfunctional system. Makary also draws our attention to a burgeoning social movement that aims to return patients to the forefront of care.