An American Sickness
An American Sickness : how healthcare became big business and how you can take it back
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Summarizes the history of the health insurance industry in the US, charting its evolution from the non-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield to the for-profit companies. Health insurance in the U.S. started in an era when “given the treatments available, within 21 days you were likely dead or cured…”
Scientific and technological developments changed medical care but not the system used by most of us to pay for it. But as the sub-title tells us, in this book Rosenthal also proposes solutions. To read an excerpt from this book, see the Spring 2017 issue of Stanford Medicine.