One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, travels across America and details why health care has become a bubble. Drawing from on-the-ground stories, his research, and his own experience, The Price We Pay paints a vivid picture of price-gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games in need of a serious shake-up. Dr. Makary shows how so much of health care spending goes to things that have nothing to do with health and what you can do about it. Dr. Makary challenges the medical establishment to remember medicine's noble heritage of caring for people when they are vulnerable.
The Price We Pay offers a roadmap for everyday Americans and business leaders to get a better deal on their health care, and profiles the disruptors who are innovating medical care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well—a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.
“Dr. Makary takes a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care and explains how we can all take action to restore medicine to its noble mission.”—Don Berwick MD, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
“[The Price We Pay] is a fascinating look at people and communities throughout America. Dr. Makary blends reportage, research, and personal anecdotes about how money is really spent in healthcare, how we got to where we are today, and who is affected the most. I just started this one, and I already want to tell everyone to read it.”—BookRiot, "What to Read for #ScienceSeptember"
“Marty Makary is a great storyteller, making accessible the business of medicine and the new ideas disrupting it without losing the important details. Everyone should read this book, and then demand a more transparent and fair system.”—Shantanu Agrawal MD, President and CEO, the National Quality Forum
“A valuable and illuminating read, full of intriguing insights into the use of decision-making in medicine and health care and how to make things work for all.”—Cass Sunstein, co-author of Nudge and Professor at Harvard Law School
“Over the course of decades, American health care lost the 'care' component and devolved to a big, wasteful business. In his new book, Marty Makary undertakes an extensive listening tour and astutely deconstructs how this occurred and what we need to do about it.”—Eric Topol MD, Editor-in-Chief, Medscape; author of The Patient Will See You Now
“Dr. Makary artfully sifts through complex data to shine light on a path for those seeking to build a better health care system.”—Aneesh Chopra, former Chief Technology Officer of the United States and President of CareJourney
“Plain talk from a surgeon and professor who has long studied health care issues and finds the American system badly in need of repair . . . He clearly demonstrates how medical care is secretive and predatory and why skyrocketing costs can be accounted for by the money games of medicine . . . Makary rightly takes the health care business to task, but he also offers a ray of hope that change can and will happen.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this thoroughly reported primer, Makary authoritatively and conversationally explains the money games of medicine . . . He found that working Americans feel that the system is stacked against them; it seems that they're right . . . Consider this book a powerful call to action for more information about health costs and for restoring the 'noble mission' of treating everyone with fairness and dignity.”—Booklist (starred review)