What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

Book - 2012
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Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande's bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he's also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why?

To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608198368
Branch Call Number: 610.73069 Mak
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Apr 24, 2013

The major problem with the for-profit healthcare sector is it is owned by the same super-criminals who own the banks, oil companies and munitions makers. It still boggles one's mind that the checklist hasn't ALWAYS been a staple within medicine, only recently coming into acceptance of it????

Apr 24, 2013

Most of us will have to navigate the vast and confusing health care system while ill or acting as proxy for an ill friend/family member. This book outlines the important questions one needs to ask themselves when getting care and provides some no nonsense approaches.

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