Critical Condition.pdf

Critical Condition

Donald L. Barlett

Exposing the most controversial, little-known practices of Americas most flawed system, Time magazines Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team pulls back the curtain on the health care industry to explain exactly how things grew so out of control.

Dirty examination and operating rooms in doctors offices and hospitals . . . Health care executives pulling in millions in bonuses for denying treatment to the sick . . . More than 100 million people with inadequate or no medical coverage . . . This may sound like the predicament of a third-world nation, but this is Americas health care reality today. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation, yet our benefits are shrinking and life expectancy is shorter here than in countries that spend significantly less per capita. Meanwhile, HMOs, pharmaceutical companies, and hospital chains reap tremendous profits, while politicians—beholden to insurers and drug companies—enact legislation for the benefit of the few rather than the many, while the entire system is on the verge of collapse.

In CRITICAL CONDITION, award-winning investigative journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele expose the horror of what health care in America has become. They profile patients and doctors trapped by the system and offer startling personal stories that illuminate whats gone wrong. Doctors tell of being second-guessed and undermined by health care insurers

California Congressman In Critical Condition … Three-term Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) is in critical condition at a hospital in Washington, D.C., where he was admitted last Friday after falling during a jog. According to a press release from the congressman’s office, DeSaulnier began to experience more severe medical problems after a rib fracture, which he incurred while jogging last week, caused […]

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