Catastrophic care : how American health care killed my father--and how we can fix it / David Goldhill.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013Edition: First editionDescription: viii, 369 pages ; 20 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780307961549 (hardback); 0307961540 (hardback)Subject(s): Medical care, Cost of -- United States | Health insurance -- United States | Health services accessibility -- United States | Medical errors -- United States | MEDICAL / Health Policy | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Insurance / Health | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social PolicyDDC classification: 362.1/042580681 LOC classification: RA410.53 | .G655 2013Other classification: MED036000 | BUS033040 | POL029000
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-369).
"A visionary and completely original investigation that will change the way we think about health care: how and why it is failing, why expanding insurance coverage will only make things worse, and how it can be transformed into a transparent, affordable, successful system. In 2007, David Goldhill's father died from a series of infections acquired in a well-regarded New York hospital. The bill was for several hundred thousand dollars--and Medicare paid it. These circumstances left Goldhill angry and determined to understand how it was possible that world-class technology and well-trained personnel could result in such simple, inexcusable carelessness--and how a business that failed so miserably could be rewarded with full payment. Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result. Goldhill explicates a health-care system that now costs nearly $2.5 trillion annually, bars many from treatment, provides inconsistent quality of care, offers negligible customer service, and in which an estimated 200,000 Americans die each year from errors. Above all, he exposes the fundamental fallacy of our entire system--that Medicare and insurance coverage make care cheaper and improve our health--and suggests a comprehensive new approach that could produce better results at more acceptable costs immediately by giving us, the patients, a real role in the process. "-- Provided by publisher.
"A visionary and completely original investigation that will change the way we think about health care: how and why it is failing, why expanding insurance coverage will only make things worse, and how it can be transformed into a transparent, affordable, successful system"-- Provided by publisher.
How American health care killed my father -- Island-speak. Eleven strange things we all believe about health care -- The hidden beast. The myth of affordable care -- The disconnect. The absence of consumers in health care -- The fallacy. Why we always think we need more health care -- The seduction. Forty-five years of Medicare -- The mirage of efficiency. Why the cost curve won't bend -- The tyranny of rules. Why everything is so complicated -- Last gasp. The ACA and the insurance fixation -- In search of balance. How should we pay for health care? -- Green shoots. Foundations of a better system -- Transition. Can we get there from here? -- Mae West didn't know health care -- Appendix 1. Unintended consequences -- Appendix 2. Déjà vu -- Appendix 3. Shifting the government's focus to better health.