In follow up to the previous post, here is more information about the book Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care
, by Dr. Marty Makary. The book provides a behind-the-scenes view on how U.S. hospitals are changing for the better and for the worse. Makary points out that hospitals are becoming "giant corporations" and patients are blindly walking into a dangerous marketplace that can't be studied or evaluated.
"Who is in charge of overseeing medical care in America?" asks Dr. Makary. In Unaccountable
, readers will learn the shocking truth about the "wild west" of modern medicine:
- Why are medical errors still the fifth leading cause of death in America?
- Why do some prestigious, large hospitals have complication rates five times higher than other hospitals?
- Why is it that approximately 30% of all medications and procedures may not be necessary?
- How to find the best medical care?
As a leading advocate for transparency in healthcare, Dr. Makary argues that safer, more reliable medical care is possible if consumers have accurate and readily available information for making healthcare decisions. Makary posits that if hospital performance and other key information were disclosed to consumers, then hospitals would be accountable and consumers could make smart decisions.
You can view a video trailer about this book at this link
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