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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Goldhill Narrator: Dean Sluyter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385364027
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A visionary investigation that will change the way we think about health care: how and why it is failing, why expanding coverage will actually make things worse, and how our health care can be transformed into a transparent, affordable, successful system.
In 2007, David Goldhill’s father died from infections acquired in a hospital, one of more than two hundred thousand avoidable deaths per year caused by medical error. The bill was enormous—and Medicare paid it. These circumstances left Goldhill angry and determined to understand how world-class technology and personnel could coexist with such carelessness—and how a business that failed so miserably could be paid in full. Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result.

Blending personal anecdotes and extensive research, Goldhill presents us with cogent, biting analysis that challenges the basic preconceptions that have shaped our thinking for decades. Contrasting the Island of health care with the Mainland of our economy, he demonstrates that high costs, excess medicine, terrible service, and medical error are the inevitable consequences of our insurance-based system. He explains why policy efforts to fix these problems have invariably produced perverse results, and how the new Affordable Care Act is more likely to deepen than to solve these issues.

Goldhill steps outside the incremental and wonkish debates to question the conventional wisdom blinding us to more fundamental issues. He proposes a comprehensive new way, where the customer (the patient) is first—a system focused on health and maintaining it, a system strong and vibrant enough for our future.

If you think health care is interesting only to institutes and politicians, think again: Catastrophic Care is surprising, engaging, and brimming with insights born of questions nobody has thought to ask. Above all it is a book of new ideas that can transform the way we understand a subject we often take for granted.

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Quotes & Awards

  • David Goldhill has written a devastating and utterly original analysis of what has gone wrong with the American health care system. Read it, and take a deep breath. He will convince you that our ‘solutions’ are not solving our problems. They are making our problems worse. Malcolm Gladwell
  • [Catastrophic Care] is powerful—edge-of-the-seat riveting—because it is not, in any sense, a policy book. Rather, this is a story about saving ourselves . . . It steps outside of the established political debate and lexicon—one of the rare books addressing a major national policy issue that is able to do so in language not already debased by the problem itself . . . Alas, healthcare civilians can't actually read most books about healthcare (and if you can, then you are part of the problem). But you can read this one. Michael Wolff, The Guardian 
     
  • Highly readable presentation of one businessman’s solution, likely to provoke discussion if not agreement. Kirkus Reviews 
  • Rarely has the irrationality of the [healthcare] system been so convincingly demonstrated, including the opaque and highly inflated prices of medical care. Arnold Relman, The New York Review of Books
  • Thought provoking . . . A for-profit business executive who actually states that better than adequate health care should be available to all people in the country . . . As an industry outsiderneither a clinician, policymaker, or someone who works for the healthcare industryMr. Goldhill observes and explains the issues in an understandable manner for the layperson. New York Journal of Books
  • "The best popular health care book . . . a crystal clear account of what has gone wrong and how to fix it. Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • [A] comprehensive, thought-provoking, empirical, and well-written book. Matthew Continetti, The Weekly Standard
  • Provacative. Wayne Holliday, Decatur Daily
  • Goldhill’s perspective is invaluable to the health-care discussion, elevating his personal tragedy into an impressive body of research.  Written with both pain and passion, this book provides an informative and relatable treatise. Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Library Journal
  • Innovative . . . Goldhill presents a convincing argument in many ways, and this book already has challenged policymakers to examine his proposals. William P. Moran, Charleston (SC)Post and Courier
  • David Goldhill isn’t your typical policy expert. He is the chief executive officer of GSN. That’s right, the Game Show Network. What does he know about health care? Quite a bit, it turns out. Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe, White Coat Notes
     
  • David Goldhill is a genius observer of a broken system in need of fresh ideas. His testimony and common-sense ideas are devastatingly important in light of out-of-control medical prices. A must-read for doctors, policy-makers and patients alike. Catastrophic Care is a defining book of our era, and a roadmap for fixing our country's leading debt driver. You will never see medical care the same way. Marty Makary, MD, best-selling author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare
  • For those who are troubled by both the failures of our healthcare system and the misdirected diagnoses and prescriptions offered by pundits, policy experts, and politicians from across the political spectrum, David Goldhill offers a brilliant and much needed antidote. By calling out with remarkable clarity the numerous, but now almost invisible incentives and regulations that drive the dysfunction of our current system, Catastrophic Care provides an illuminating framework for understanding the crisis, and then a path to the kinds of reforms that will surely be necessary. Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School
  • [A] fascinating and infuriating expose of the American health care system . . . Goldhill persuasively argues that a consumer-driven system – which will require greater vigilance and commitment on the part of citizens in actively managing their health – is the first step toward sustainability and lower individual and government costs. . . . Goldhill's reasoned, logical alternative to the current system goes beyond political finger-pointing, and while his take is sobering, it’s one that offers sound solutions.  
    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “David Goldhill has written a devastating and utterly original analysis of what has gone wrong with the American health care system. Read it, and take a deep breath. He will convince you that our ‘solutions’ are not solving our problems. They are making our problems worse.”

    Malcolm Gladwell

  • “A powerful—edge-of-the-seat riveting—because it is not, in any sense, a policy book.”

    Guardian

  • “Goldhill’s reasoned, logical alternative to the current system goes beyond political finger-pointing, and while his take is sobering, it’s one that offers sound solutions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Highly readable presentation of one businessman’s solution, likely to provoke discussion if not agreement.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Lawrence | 11/15/2013

    " Super smart. Best analysis out there of what is wrong. And the other way we are screwing our kids "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/3/2013

    " A great look at aAmerican health care from a largely nonpartisan viewpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 8/28/2013

    " giving me completely new insights on health care system. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andria | 8/15/2013

    " I wanted the book to be more of a personal story and instead it was a much more political-science based representation of American healthcare. There were some extremely interesting facts - it just wasn't what I was expecting or wanting from the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 4/24/2013

    " An interesting look at the problems of our current healthcare system (and some interesting proposed fixes). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/1/2013

    " Nothing new to me. Good explanation of ACA "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 thinker bell | 1/3/2013

    " After reading 3 chapters, I felt I got the information I needed. After that, it got wordy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 12/26/2012

    " Surprising, innovative, lucid, disruptive. There's no reason to feel resigned about our current health care system. It could be so much more, and David Goldhill's book is both a wake-up call and an interesting manual for how to proceed. "

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About the Author

David Goldhill is president and chief executive officer of GSN, which operates a US cable television network seen in more than seventy-five million homes and is one of the world’s largest digital games companies. He is a member of the board of directors of The Leapfrog Group, an employer-sponsored organization dedicated to hospital safety and transparency. Goldhill graduated from Harvard University with a BA in History and holds an MA in History from New York University.

About the Narrator

Dean Sluyter has spent a lifetime learning authentic methods of natural meditation from Eastern and Western sages and sharing them with thousands of students, including prisoners, tech innovators, filmmakers, high school students, and entrepreneurs. He has completed numerous retreats and pilgrimages in Tibet, India, Nepal, and Europe, and for decades has led workshops throughout the United States.