An American Sickness

How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

It is time for a very serious discussion about how to change our entire dysfunctional healthcare system. Written by a physician who was a reporter for 22 years with the New York Times! “An authoritative account of the distorted financial incentives that drive medical care in the U.S.” The Washington Post  

Congress’ discussion should not be on how to pay for this broken system, but instead how to transition to a system that is not bloated and exploited beyond recognition.

“Rosenthal unveils the irrationality, indifference, harmfulness, and downright unfairness of the American healthcare system, which can often seem driven more by profit than by caring and compassion.” E.J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Chair of Dept. of Medical Ethics, U of PA

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Grouped product items
Product Name Price Qty
Book Only (1580)
15 CE Paper Test Only (1581)
25 CE Paper Test Only (1582)
15 CE Book & Paper Test (1583)
25 CE Book & Paper Test (1584)
15 CE Online Test Only (W1581)
25 CE Online Test Only (W1582)
15 CE Book & Online Test (W1583)
25 CE Book & Online Test (W1584)

Book Details

Year Published
1st Edition
Page Count
Learning Code
  • (1000) Professional skills
  • (1080) Legislation, public policy
  • (7000) Business and Management
  • (7110) Legal issues, malpractice
  • (7130) Managed care

Course Objectives

Level 2 CPE

Suggested Performance Indicators: 1.1.6, 1.6.4, 3.1.3, 3.2.7, 3.3.2, 3.3.5

CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests

Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:

1. Discuss four ways healthcare providers, like insurance companies, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies have learned to greatly increase their fees.

2. Identify five strategies hospitals use to increase the income per patient.

3. Counsel patients and family members on how to reduce medical costs and improve patient care and outcomes.

4. Advocate and lobby for a more patient-centered, financially reasonable, and fair U.S. healthcare system.

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Why we chose this book

The U.S. healthcare system is broken, over-priced, not patient-centered, and in need of a major overhaul. This is a highly regarded book by an extremely qualified author who is both a physician and writer who has interviewed thousands of people in healthcare over the past almost three decades. She knows of what she writes.

About the author
Elizabeth Rosenthal, MD, holds a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and she worked as an ER physician. For twenty-two years she was a reporter and senior writer at the New York Times and now she is editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, focusing on health and health policy.