American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal (5 out of 5)
This book comes out after my gallbladder surgery two weeks ago. Then I got the bill. One of my favorite DJ’s had prostate surgery a month ago and put his bill up on FB. It makes you grateful for health insurance. But seeing those bills and some of the amounts on it.. you start to question. An IV in the arm costs $1,458? To book the OR is $11,500? Say what? SAY WHAT?!! Dr. Rosenthal tries-and succeeds- at trying to explain the “science” behind how the healthcare industry and system works. It works, as many suspected, as a sort of highly functioning scam. A profit margin devoted to making hospitals, doctors, and the insurance companies more than a pretty penny, while the quality of care and patient awareness in how it works is often an unanswered question mark. This is NOT how it’s supposed to be, ladies and gents. Rosenthal takes us through the history of where it began, and what it’s evolved into. She unearths the ugly side, and uses real-life examples of patients who have been suckered by the system. But Dr. Rosenthal does more than educate us. She also attempts to give us the tools to take back our healthcare and pass the word onto others out there who are feeling overwhelmed. This book will scare the mother-in-law shit out of you. Several things I read made me terrified. Terrified of getting sick and ending up in the hospital again. That’s what happens after you read a book like this. You walk away enlightened, energized, and scared shitless. Rosenthal has done a great service writing this book. It should be a prequisite to read before you consider any sort of medical procedure. It should be on everyone’s reading list. The book just came out on Tuesday, April 11, and is available from Penguin Press.