“Dr. Makary takes a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care and explains how we will all take action to restore medicine to its noble mission.” ―Don Berwick MD, senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
“A must-read for every American and business leader.” ―Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBES magazine
“I absolutely loved this book. Insightful, sharp, and essential reading-one of the vital top 5 books I’ve ever read.” ―Jay Newton-Small, TIME Magazine contributor and creator of BROAD INFLUENCE
“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 using decision-making in medicine and health care and how to make things work for all.” ―Cass Sunstein, co-creator of NUDGE and Professor, Harvard Law School
“Marty Makary is without doubt one of the great thought leaders in medicine and his new book, The Price We Pay, brilliantly lifts the veil on the state of modern medicine and the new ideas that are disrupting it.” ―Senator William H. Frist, MD
“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; creator 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
About the Author
Marty Makary, MD, MPH, is a surgeon and Professor of Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and the creator of the New York Times bestseller, Unaccountable. A leading voice for physicians in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he was the lead creator of the articles introducing a surgical checklist, later adapted by the W.H.O. and has published extensively on health care costs, vulnerable populations, and quality science. He served in leadership at the W.H.O. Protected Surgery Saves Lives project and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He lives in the Washington DC area.
From the New York Times bestselling creator of Unaccountable comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America’s broken health care system–and the people who are saving it.”A must-read for every American.” –Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBES 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 vital nation’s leading health care experts, travels across America and details why health care has turn into 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’ll do about it. Dr. Makary challenges the medical establishment to take into account that 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 believe and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.