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
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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