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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Sep 18, 2012 - Medical - 246 pages
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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.
 

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A surgeon explains why providing patients with access to their own health records as well as to the safety records of hospitals and practitioners will improve patient safety and the overall quality of health care. (LJ 8/12) Read full review

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

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Practicing surgeon and academic Makary (health policy, Johns Hopkins Univ.) suggests that providing patients with more access to their own medical information, as well as to the volume and safety ... Read full review

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Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H. is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a professor of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins 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.

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