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Code Blue: Inside America's Medical Industrial Complex is a riveting, character-driven narrative that draws back the curtain on the giant industry that consumes one out of every five American dollars.

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How has the United States, with more resources than any nation, developed a healthcare system that delivers much poorer results, at near double the cost of any other developed country—such that legendary seer Warren Buffett calls the Medical Industrial Complex "the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness"? Mike Magee, MD, who worked for years inside the Medical Industrial Complex administering a hospital and then as a senior executive at the giant pharmaceutical company Pfizer, has spent the last decade deconstructing the complex, often shocking rise of, and connectivity between, the pillars of our health system—Big Pharma, insurance companies, hospitals, the American Medical Association, and anyone affiliated with them. With an eye first and foremost on the bottom line rather than on the nation's health, each sector has for decades embraced cure over care, aiming to conquer disease rather than concentrate on the cultural and social factors that determine health. This decision Magee calls the "original sin" of our health system.

Code Blue is a riveting, character-driven narrative that draws back the curtain on the giant industry that consumes one out of every five American dollars.

“A searing and persuasive exposé of the American health care system . . . Readers will hope that Magee’s knowledgeable, urgent indictment, following so many others in recent years, will lead to meaningful reforms.” -Kirkus Starred Review

“Hospitals use ‘code blue’ for medical emergencies; longtime physician Magee argues convincingly that the U.S. itself is in one . . . ” -Booklist

“Murray is up to the task of performing this complex audiobook; listeners will benefit from his efficient approach.”---AudioFile
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Code Blue

Inside America’s Medical Industrial Complex

Author Mike Magee, MD

Narrated by Michael Butler Murray

Publication date Jun 4, 2019

Running time 14 hrs

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