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The Price We Pay

What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It

by Marty Makary

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The Price We Pay by Marty  Makary
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    Sep 2019, 288 pages
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    Feb 23, 2021, 288 pages

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In this daring exposé of American healthcare, Dr. Marty Makary hits the road in search of answers to why medical costs are skyrocketing and leaving thousands of Americans in debt.

The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest affidavits in history, originating in ancient Greece. Written by Hippocrates between the fifth and third centuries BC, it is still used in medical schools by students upon graduation as a sacred oath of ethics; one of the key promises new physicians swear to follow is to "do no harm." According to Dr. Marty Makary, however, this promise is becoming increasingly forgotten in the United States. In his exposé of the nation's for-profit healthcare system, The Price We Pay, Makary clearly demonstrates that a disturbing regimen of overtreating and overcharging has overtaken American hospitals, fueled by the increased privatization of medical services in recent decades (for a brief comparison of American healthcare to other countries, see Beyond the Book).

Ahead of writing the book, the author traveled the country, from Pennsylvania to New ...

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