Unaccountable What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

ISBN-10: 1608198383
ISBN-13: 9781608198382
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

“Every once in a while a book comes along that rocks the foundations of an established order that's seriously in need of being shaken. The modern American hospital is that establishment and Unaccountable is that book.”—Shannon Brownlee, author of Overtreated Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande's bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he's also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H. is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He is a regular medical commentator for CNN and FOX News, and appears weekly on a wide variety of programs to discuss health topics. He is a leading patient-safety researcher and led the World Health Organization effort to develop ways to measure healthcare quality. He tweets @DrMartyMd.

Introduction
Some Random Doctor
Dr. Hodad and the Raptor
Danger Zones
The New York Experiment
The Supersurgeon and the Shah
"How I Like to Do It"
Navigating the System
Tap the Power of Patient Outcomes
The Wild West
Impaired Physicians
Medical Mistakes
Ask Before You Give
Eat What You Kill
The All-American Robot
Transparency Time
Drivers of Culture
Healthonomics
Candid Cameras
A New Generation for Honest Medicine
What Accountability Looks Like
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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