Money-Driven Medicine

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Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need to become knowledgeable and vigorous participants in healthcare reform. Produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and based on Maggie Mahar's acclaimed book of the same title, Money Driven Medicine offers an accessible, journalistically rigorous explanation of how the U.S. healthcare system went so terribly wrong and what it will take to fix it. Americans spend twice per capita for healthcare than the average rich country, one-sixth of our GDP. What do we get for that money? The US ranks 29th in life expectancy and the World Health Organization ranks our health system 37th in the world, behind Slovenia and Costa Rica. Money-Driven Medicine reveals how the profit-driven "medical-industrial complex" has over-built the healthcare sector and produce a powerful, distorting incentive for billions of dollars of pointless, even risky, tests, prescriptions and procedures. This pay-per-service system drives doctors into lucrative specialities, while primary care physicians have become an endangered species; million dollar diagnostic machines stand idle while emergency rooms overflow. In Money-Driven Medicine frustrated doctors and outraged patients testify to the often tragic consequences of fragmented, impersonal assembly-line medicine, designed more for churning out profits than life-long health management. Veteran physicians stress that change begins with the doctor-patient partnership: consistent family-centered primary care built on informed, shared decision-making. Dr. Donald Berwick of Harvard, Dr. James Weinstein of Dartmouth and other leading researchers explain the pathbreaking studies (featured in Dr. Atul Gawande's recent New Yorker article) which prove that results-based rather than procedure-based medicine cah pay-off in less extravagant yet more effective care. Money-Driven Medicine alerts Americans thamoreless
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