To learn more about the healthcare problems and possible solutions check out these books:

Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health 

by Sando Galea

Discusses how Americans spend extraordinary amounts of money on the care of the sick but are not addressing public health needs. The author refers to healthcare as ‘sick care’ and emphasizes the need for proper social, economic and environmental conditions to promote better and healthier citizens.

Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care

by Charles Silver & David Hyman

The authors discuss how ‘managed care’ as prescribed by both insurance companies and the government results in higher prices for patients. The writers also describeshow the excessive overuse of medical facilities and the failure of Obamacare to address the public health causes prices to go higher.

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care–and How to Fix It

by Marty Makary, MD

Dr. Makary writes extensively about the ‘games’ played by hospitals and insurance companies that result in higher costs for the public. Among several topics the writer describes are, nontransparent pricing, medical bankruptcies, and overtreatment. He also demonstrates how insurance brokers are ‘incentivized’ by commission sales to private and public companies. He writes that self-insurance by companies with employees to cover is the best choice available.

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Author Elisabeth Rosenthal

outlines the ‘rules’ of the dysfunctional medical marketplace and what the patient can do about it.

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

by Robert Pearl

Robert Pearl reviews the flaws in the American healthcare system including the lack of patient centered care and the shrinking number of doctors due to physician burnout. In addition to describing the challenges Pearl also shares ideas on some of the solutions.

Reframing Healthcare: A Roadmap for Creating Disruptive Change

 by Zeev Neuwirth, MD

Dr. Neuworth emphasizes the need for patient centered care. The author describes in detail how business as usual will not solve the problems in healthcare and calls for ‘disruptive change’ that can only come from the public.

The Company That Solved Healthcare: How Serigraph Dramatically Reduced Skyrocketing Costs While Providing Better Care, and How Every Company Can Do the Same

by John Torinus

The author writes about how companies can lower costs and provide better care by self-insuring. He also recommends that employers place an emphasis on more employee responsibility for paying expenses, plus the differences between primary care and specialty care. Torinus also identifies “centers of value” for more cost-effective care.

Chasing the Scream

by Johann Hari

Discusses the science of  addiction and exposes the myths that resulted in the criminalization of drug use about 100 years ago. The author suggests that we treat the causes of addiction in both society and in the individual patient. These include loneliness, despair and lack of social support. He also suggests ways each of us can help decriminalize drug use.