Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jun 25, 2010 - Medical - 368 pages
Our health care is staggeringly expensive, yet one in six Americans has no health insurance. We have some of the most skilled physicians in the world, yet one hundred thousand patients die each year from medical errors. In this gripping, eye-opening book, award-winning journalist Shannon Brownlee takes readers inside the hospital to dismantle some of our most venerated myths about American medicine. Brownlee dissects what she calls "the medical-industrial complex" and lays bare the backward economic incentives embedded in our system, revealing a stunning portrait of the care we now receive.
Nevertheless, Overtreated ultimately conveys a message of hope by reframing the debate over health care reform. It offers a way to control costs and cover the uninsured, while simultaneously improving the quality of American medicine. Shannon Brownlee's humane, intelligent, and penetrating analysis empowers readers to avoid the perils of overtreatment, as well as pointing the way to better health care for everyone.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I had been looking for something to help me better understand the health care debate and how we got to where we are now. This book, which my book club chose to read, did it for me. Read full review

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EXCELLENT Book on today's healthcare environment. Only significant weakness is the very last chapter which is a bit of a fluff piece. Otherwise, excellent book outlining clearly current research on medicine today. Read full review


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Shannon Brownlee's stories and essays about medicine, health care, and biotechnology have appeared in such publications as the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and Time. Born and raised in Honolulu, she holds a master's degree in biology from the University of California. She is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. Brownlee lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and son.

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