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Healthcare 911 by Bhupendra O. Khatri MD, FAAN provides a unique glimpse into the US healthcare system and the damage caused to patients and doctors alike. Physicians tell their personal stories about a working environment which has the highest rates of suicide of any profession. The author points out the many flaws in the system including administrative, legislative, and the insidious control of insurance companies with their endless pursuit of profit over health. He also exposes the crushing working environment, including many bad practices which result in stress on the physician and poor care for the patient. This is a system in crisis and one which pays hospital executives and administrative staff more than the physicians themselves.
This book is a shocking exposé of the way doctors are losing autonomy over the medical treatment of patients in America today. The extent to which corporate America has turned the care of the sick into a profit-making venture is laid bare. Dr Khatri reveals a fascinating account of administrative and corporate takeover. He must be admired for the eloquent way he explains the issues and he should be applauded for his courage in bringing these issues to our attention. The personal stories of both physicians and patients on the receiving end of this corporate-run health care system are absolutely heartbreaking. The beauty of this book is that it also provides a range of solutions, including simple actions such as positive thinking and acts of kindness. Healthcare 911 is a forward-thinking book which should be read by all.