An American Sickness - CHES

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

This course is only for CHES practitioners. 

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

Choose between two versions:

CHES Program ID #30201  Max CHES 15 Hours / Advanced CHES 2.5 Hours

CHES Program ID #30202  Max CHES 25 Hours / Advanced CHES 5 Hours

Course Expiration Date
Grouped product items
Product Name Price Qty
Book Only (1580)
15 CE Online Test Only (1581CHES)
25 CE Online Test Only (1582CHES)
15 CE Book & Online Test (1583CHES)
25 CE Book & Online Test Only (1584CHES)

Book Details

Year Published
1st Edition
Page Count

Course Objectives

Choose between two versions:

CHES Program ID #30201  Max CHES 15 Hours / Advanced CHES 2.5 Hours

CHES Program ID #30202  Max CHES 25 Hours / Advanced CHES 5 Hours

CHES Competencies:

1.4 Analyze relationships among behavioral, environmental and other factors that influence health

7.3.4 Assess the impact of existing systems on health

7.1.1 Identify current and emerging issues that may influence health and health education

7.3.1 Analyze the impact of existing and proposed policies on health

4.1.2 Identify and analyze factors that impact health

Advanced Competencies:

5.1.13 Apply ethical principles when managing financial resources

7.3.7 Identify factors that influence decision makers

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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Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
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.