Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care—and Why We’re Usually Wrong

Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care—and Why We're Usually Wrong Author Robert Pearl
ISBN-10 1610397657
ISBN-13 9781610397650
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher PublicAffairs
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The biggest problem in American health care is usDo you know how to tell good health care from bad health care Guess again As patients we wrongly assume the best care is dependent mainly on the newest medications the most complex treatments and the smartest doctors But Americans look for health care solutions in the wrong places For example hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved each year if doctors reduced common errors and maximized preventive medicine For Dr Robert Pearl these kinds of mistakes are a matter of professional importance but also personal significance he lost his own father due in part to poor communication and treatment planning by doctors And consumers make costly mistakes too we demand modern information technology from our banks airlines and retailers but we passively accept last century s technology in our health care Solving the challenges of health care starts with understanding these problems Mistreated explains why subconscious misperceptions are so common in medicine and shows how modifying the structure technology financing and leadership of American health care could radically improve quality outcomes This important book proves we can overcome our fears and faulty assumptions and provides a roadmap for a better healthier future

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