Critical Condition

Critical Condition

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Barlett, Donald L. | Steele, James B. Broadway Books, 2006 Audio summary available
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In Critical Condition, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Donald Barlett and James B. Steele go behind the scenes of the health care system, citing evidence that American spends more on health care than any other nation in the world, yet benefits continue shrinking, while life expectancy is shorter than in countries that spend significantly less per capita. They explain why HMOs, pharmaceutical companies, hospital chains, and Madison Avenue advertisers reap tremendous profits, while politicians — beholden to insurers and drug companies — pass laws for the benefit of the few rather than the many. This penetrating analysis of the many failings of the system ends with the authors’ own prescription to steer it back on track.