The hospital : life, death, and dollars in a small American town / Brian Alexander
Book | St. Martin's Press | 2021 | First edition.
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First edition.
307 pages ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Autumn, 2018. A ready haven of refuge: the battle to control health ; Everybody is coming after this hospital: surviving the business ; Chasing the symptoms: searching for the roots of American sickness ; Powers beyond us: the contagion of the new capitalism ; Pray: the iniquity of inequality -- Winter/Spring, 2018-2019. What free market? The myth of free-market medicine ; The crap end of the stick: the hospital as hope ; Puppies are drowning: the thin safety net ; They don't have to see: the limits of the band-aid station -- Winter/Spring/Summer, 2019-2020. Epilogue: Then everything changed: Covid-19.
"An intimate, heart wrenching portrait of one small hospital that reveals the magnitude of America's health care crises. By following the struggle for survival of one small-town hospital, and the patients who walk, or are carried, through its doors, The Hospital takes readers into the world of the American medical industry in a way no book has done before. Americans are dying sooner, and living in poorer health. Alexander argues that no plan will solve America's health crisis until the deeper causes of that crisis are addressed. Bryan, Ohio's hospital, is losing money, making it vulnerable to big health systems seeking domination and Phil Ennen, CEO, has been fighting to preserve its independence. Meanwhile, Bryan, a town of 8,500 people in Ohio's northwest corner, is still trying to recover from the Great Recession. As local leaders struggle to address the town's problems, and the hospital fights for its life amid a rapidly consolidating medical and hospital industry, a 39-year-old diabetic literally fights for his limbs, and a 55-year-old contractor lies dying in the emergency room. With these and other stories, Alexander strips away the wonkiness of policy to reveal Americans' struggle for health against a powerful system that's stacked against them, but yet so fragile it blows apart when the pandemic hits. Culminating with COVID-19, this book offers a blueprint for how we created the crisis we're in"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-300) and index.
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