Great Discussions

Ouch! The High Cost of Medical Care

Discussion Date: November 21, 2013


Cover Image Critical Condition : How Health Care in America Became Big Business-- and Bad Medicine
Barlett, Donald L.
New York : Doubleday, 2004.

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation, yet our benefits are shrinking and life expectancy is shorter here than in countries that spend significantly less per capita. Barlett and Steele expose the horror of what health care in America has become. and offer an insightful prescription for getting it back on the right track.

Cover Image Sick : The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis--And the People Who Pay the Price
Cohn, Jonathan.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007.

In this powerful work, Jonathan Cohn travels across the United States-the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to medical care as a right of citizenship-to investigate why this crisis is happening and to see firsthand its impact on ordinary Americans. Cohn takes us inside the medical industry to chronicle the decline of America's health care system and lays bare the consequences we could suffer if we don't replace it.

Cover Image Money Driven Medicine : The Real Reason Health Care Costs so Much
Mahar, Maggie.
New York : Collins, c2006.

Mahar interviewed doctors, hospital administrators, patients, health care economists, corporate executives, and Wall Street analysts in her comprehensive examination of our $2 trillion medical industry. She concluded that one out of every three of our medical care dollars is spent on unnecessary or redundant tests; unproven, sometimes unwanted procedures; and overpriced drugs and devices that are often no better than the less expensive products they have replaced.


Fixing Our Healthcare System: We Spend More Money Per Patient than Any Other County Yet We Are Less Healthy By Far. How Did Our Healthcare System Become Such A Wreck? And What Is To Be Done?
Allen, Frederick.
Saturday Evening Post 284.5 (September-October) 2012) p44.
Well-crafted article details the history of American health care and examines possible remedies to the current problem.

Health Care 2010: Making America Sick
Loyd E. Eskildson (Mar. 19, 2010)
Eskilson contends that the U.S. is guilty of “malpractice on a grand scale”, that contrary to popular opinion healthcare costs are immune to pricing, and that government must impose limits on healthcare costs to revitalize our economy.

Plans Develop Cost Tools:Transparency Still Has a Long Way To Gov
Webb, Jennifer
Managed Healthcare Executive – 23.6 (June 2013) p20
Interesting article which shares healthcare industry’s challenges regarding increased healthcare cost transparency.

"Ten Questions About Obamacare You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask - The Health Care Exchanges Open Tuesday. Don’t Worry! We Have You Covered. A Simple, Clear, Practical Explanation of Obamacare"
Patel, Kavita
Slate (USA) - Monday, September 30, 2013
For those who want to understand what the Affordable Healthcare Act is all about, what it means for most Americans, and how it may, or not, affect the cost of healthcare in America.

The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill
Elisabeth Rosenthal
The New York Times. (June 2, 2013)
Colonoscopies Explain Why U.S. Leads the World in Health Expenditures

This short Wikipedia article shares information about medical care pricing. Includes a section on the pricing system for Medicare and Medicaid.
This brief addresses the causes of high medical costs and discusses the intent of the Affordable Care Act to contain costs. It even includes discussion questions!
The United States’ most comprehensive source of information on health care activity; and promotes research on the drivers of escalating health care costs.

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