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ATTENTION: Due to laryngitis, Elisabeth has had to cancel this event! We will keep you posted if and when this event is rescheduled.
We're honored to host the Chicaog stop on Elisabeth Rosenthal's paperback tour for American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.
At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system--and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems.
In only a few decades, the national healthcare system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit vulnerable and sick Americans. Too many politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. How did things get so bad so fast? Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries--the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers--that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. She also spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform.
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for twenty-two years a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming the editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom focusing on health and health policy. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and has worked as an ER physician. She lives in New York City and Washington, DC.