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

Authors: Barlett, Donald L. & Steele, James B.
Publisher: Crown
BISAC/Subject: HEA028000, MED036000, BUS070170
ISBN: 9780385504553, Related ISBNs: 0375434151, 0385504543, 0385504551, 0767910753, 9780375434150
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 304,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Award-winning journalists expose the horrific practices within America’s health care system, profiling patients and doctors and offering startling personal stories to illuminate what’s gone wrong.
 
“Every American ought to read this book.”—The Plain Dealer
 
Tens of millions of people with inadequate or no medical coverage . . . dirty examination and operating rooms in doctors’ offices and hospitals . . . more people killed by mistakes than by many diseases. This may sound like the predicament of a failed state, but this is America’s health care reality today. 
 
The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation, yet benefits are shrinking and life expectancy here is shorter than in countries that spend significantly less. Meanwhile, HMOs, pharmaceutical companies, and hospital chains reap tremendous profits, as our elected politicians, beholden to these same companies, enact piecemeal measures that lead to needless deaths, refusing to come to grips with a system on the verge of collapse. 
 
A superb investigative work that is enormously compelling and addresses the concerns of every American, Critical Condition offers an insightful prescription for getting the system back on the right track.
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