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
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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Sometimes you hurry through a book because your TBR pile is the size of K2. I read this within one day. But towards the end, I began to realize how wonderful this book is, it is certainly as good as ... Read full review

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Excellent book. I appreciate the results of Marty's research. It is refreshing for someone to provide an honest and patient centric perspective on the current medical system. I agree that accountability is the key to improvement. I hope that his perspective will be adopted. 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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