This bleak and depressing account of the US health care system exposes the rapacious behaviors of some hospitals, insurers, pharmaceuticals, nonprofits, politicians and even doctors. These players grab whatever they can from a broken system, at great cost to patients.
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, delivers an exhausting, infuriating litany about greed and abuse…and that’s before the 2017 tax bill defunded mandated payments from the noninsured. However, she could give more attention to philanthropists and conscientious doctors who fight the system. Fortunately, she doesn’t stop at describing what’s wrong or restrict her advice to policy makers alone. Rosenthal focuses on the patient, offering dozens of tactics you can use to lower your health costs and stay safe. getAbstract recommends her heartfelt polemic to all US health care consumers.
About the Author
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal holds a medical degree from Harvard. She wrote for The New York Times for 25 years and now runs her own newsletter, the Kaiser Health News.