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The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price
by Jonathan Cohn
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- Language: english
- Format: hardcover, 320 pages
- Author: Jonathan Cohn
- Release date: April 10, 2007
- Publisher: Harper
- ISBN: 9780060580452 (0060580453)
- Genres: politics, health, medicine, medical, economics, history, science
About The Book
America’s health care system is unraveling. Every day, millions of hard-working people struggle to find affordable medical treatment for themselves and their families — unable to pay for prescription drugs and regular checkups, let alone hospital visits. Some of these people end up losing money. Others end up losing something even more valuable: their health or even their lives. In this powerful work of original reportage, Jonathan Cohn travels across the United States — the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to medical care as a right of citizenship — to investigate why this crisis is happening and to see firsthand its impact on ordinary Americans.
The stories he brings back are tragic and infuriating. In Boston, a heart attack victim becomes a casualty of emergency room overcrowding when she is turned away from the one hospital that could treat her. In South Central L.A., a security guard loses part of his vision when he can’t find affordable treatment for his diabetes. In the middle of the prairie heartland, a retired meatpacker sells his house to pay for the medications that keep him and his aging wife alive. And, in a tiny village tucked into the Catskill mountains, a mother of three young children decides against a costly doctor’s visit — and lets a deadly cancer go undetected — because her husband’s high-tech job no longer provides health insurance.
Passionate, illuminating, and often devastating, Sick interweaves these stories with clear-eyed reporting from Washington and takes us inside the medical industry to chronicle the decline of America’s health care system — and lays bare the consequences any one of us could suffer if we don’t replace it.
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