5 Books About the US Healthcare System

The following are five of the most highly-recommended books there are to learn more about the US healthcare system. Each of these books documents the rise of the American healthcare system, the reasons for its many challenges, and the most probable courses of action to improving it.

America’s Bitter Pill: Money Politics Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Health Care System by Steven Brill

This book is a detailed tell-all of how the Affordable Care Act was developed, executed, and largely inefficient at tackling the lack of accountability for corrupt healthcare industry practices. The book documents Brill’s initial recognition of the ongoing exploitative practices of healthcare industry officials for profit, following up to the subsequent establishment of the ACA as a spirited but largely ineffective initiative to combat it.

This book was the first published, detailed documentation of how the ambitious aims of the ACA was stopped in its tracks by territorial politics and staff members’ failure to deliver.

Overtreated by Shannon Brownlee

This book is Brownlee’s account of the unhealthy level of dependence that the American population suffers from due to unnecessary medical intervention. The book not only examines the hefty economical toll that unnecessary healthcare has, but also the widespread damage done the population’s collective health. The book explores the idea that while the problem of unnecessary healthcare is very well-known, many lack either the leverage, understanding or incentive to truly resolve it.

Reinventing American Healthcare by Ezekiel Emanuel

This book is an organized chronicle of the initial establishment, fallout, and resulting chaos of the American healthcare system. The book thoroughly covers the initial establishment of the ACA, documenting the extensive reformation’s legal hurdles, political impact and consequences. The book is both a historical account and an open discussion of the nature of American healthcare’s controversial nature.

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became a Big Business by Elizabeth Rosenthal

This book was written to thoroughly investigate the origins of American healthcare, dissect its operations, and draw educated inferences about its future. The books provides a detailed breakdown of the American healthcare system’s total cost, dangers, current trajectory, and possible solutions that may have the most realistic chances to improving it.

The Innovators Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Healthcare by Clayton M. Christensen and Jason Hwang

This book is a call to action for what Christensen and Hwang believed to be the most feasible plan to redeem the US healthcare system. The book works to outline the full extent of the healthcare system’s most prominent failures and the chains of events that made such shortcomings possible.

After acknowledging the issues, the book prescribes measures that could feasibly be taken to help the American healthcare system become an asset to the American people instead of a begrudgingly tolerated hindrance. The main school of thought that the book subscribes to is the idea that the primary hope for the American healthcare system is innovation. The authors support their proposal for innovative American healthcare reform by referencing older healthcare systems around the world that were heavily regulated before being innovatively reformed.

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