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

Critical Condition : How Health Care in America Became Big Business--and Bad Medicine - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385504546

Cover of Critical Condition : How Health Care in America Became Big Business--and Bad Medicine 04 (ISBN 978-0385504546)
ISBN13: 978-0385504546
ISBN10: 0385504543
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
Published: 2004
International: No

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Critical Condition : How Health Care in America Became Big Business--and Bad Medicine - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385504546

Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele

ISBN13: 978-0385504546
ISBN10: 0385504543
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Dirty examination and operating rooms in doctor's offices and hospitals . . . Health care executives pulling in millions in bonuses for denying treatment to the sick . . . 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. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation, yet our benefits are shrinking and life expectancy is shorter here than in countries that spend significantly less per capita. Meanwhile, HMOs, pharmaceutical companies, and hospital chains reap tremendous profits, while politicians--beholden to insurers and drug companies--enact legislation for the benefit of the few rather than the many, while the entire system is on the verge of collapse.

In CRITICAL CONDITION, award-winning investigative journalists Donald L. Barlett 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 out-right fraud the system encourages.

Table of Contents

1. A second-rate system
2. Wall Street medicine
3. Anatomy of a systems failure
4. The labyrinth of care
5. Madison Avenue medicine
6. The remedy
Epilogue : medicine in the media

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