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An American Sickness

How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

by Elisabeth Rosenthal

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An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2017, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2018, 432 pages

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An investigation of the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American healthcare system, as well as solutions to its many problems.

In the 1976 Academy award-nominated movie Network, newscaster Howard Beale tells his audience to rail against what their society has become. He says, "Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!…You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!'" This could well be the rallying cry of Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal's book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. I was angry by the end of the introduction and I challenge anyone who reads even a small portion of the book to feel differently.

Rosenthal states her premise in the first sentence: "In the past quarter century," she writes, "the American medical system has stopped focusing on health or even science. Instead it attends more or less single-mindedly to its own profits." She goes on to define the various parties involved in...

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