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A surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital presents a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

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Dr. Marty Makary is codeveloper of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande's bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he's also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

"Makary's book makes it perfectly clear that data transparency not only allows people to make informed decisions about their health but also nudges hospitals and physicians to be more vigilant and efficient." ---Booklist

"This thought-provoking guide from a leader in the field is a must-[listen] for M.Ds, and an eye-opener for the rest of us." ---Publishers Weekly

"A searing insider's look at what really goes on behind the scenes at major hospitals and how implementing simple steps toward transparency can empower patients and dramatically improve the culture and safety of health care." ---Kirkus

"Narrator Robertson Dean's well-spoken narration is excellent: deliberate, convincing, and never shrill. " ---SoundCommentary

Unaccountable

What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

Author Marty Makary, M.D.

Narrated by Robertson Dean

Publication date Apr 22, 2013

Running time 7 hrs 17 min

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