US Healthcare Is Broken
It’s such a ubiquitous statement that it is almost blasé, but healthcare in the US is broken. In fact, there are many aspects which are downright deplorable…but, there are some bright spots as well. A patient recently sent me this podcast in which surgeon and author, Dr. Marty Makary, discusses his new book called The Price We Pay. His insights into the financial morass of healthcare are both disturbing and hopeful, highlighting how a new generation of doctors is fighting the financial ruin of patients in the US. I had no idea that 1 in 5 Americans has medical debt in collections! Our healthcare system is financially ruining the very people it is constructed to protect.
This interview has some great information for patients and healthcare workers alike. Regardless of how you interact with the US healthcare system (and we all do, in one way or another), you will be doing yourself a favor to listen and learn from Dr. Makary.