Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer 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... read more
“When choosing a hospital, beware of clever marketing. When a company wants to sell soda or a designer wants to market its two--hundred-dollar blue jeans, they will pump endless amounts of money into advertising campaigns to make their product appealing to customers. hospitals are no different but, unlike choosing a pair of jeans, choosing the wrong health care provider can have permanent consequences.”Marty Makary
“Banks wrote their own rules, became unaccountable, and leveraged public risk for private profits. Hospitals have done the same:The only difference is that with hospitals, the bailout is perpetual. Now that everyone has gotten stuck with the bill, the public is demanding the information it needs.”Mark Makary
“Doctors and nurses know of docs who are reckless, but it takes moving a mountain to do something about it. Not reporting incompetence among peers is part of medicinal culture and has been for centuries. Medicine is poorly policed. getting fired takes an action so egregious or offensive to hospitals administration that I have only seen it happen twice among all the hospitals in which i've worked and trained.”Mark Makary
“In my opinion, if a children's hospital aggressively raises money from its community, the profile ought to be going toward addressing the health care issues facing children-not filling administrators' pockets as they increase their salaries with the same arguments we've heard from Wall street moguls. The nation's severe shortage of pediatricians and pediatric nurses is now manifesting in growing access disparities and longer wait times for care. We have a pediatric-docotr-and-nurse-shortage crisis-not a hospital-CEO shortage crisis.”Mark Makary
“Every industry in our society and every service on which money is spent is judged by what you get in return-except health care. The medical system collects billions of dollars from the government, private companies, insurers, and individuals, yet it provides few practical metrics of performance. The business dictum "if you can't measure it, you can't improve it" applies directly to the current health care mess.”Mark Makary
“The increasing cost of health care is an unsustainable burden on American families, businesses, and government budgets, to the point that it is now the leading driver of the growing national debt. Yet I rarely hear "experts" speak to its root cause-the accountability problem. When I listen to the health care gurus propose overhauling the health care system with new was to finance it, I often feel that they are tragically off the mark. The simplest, most economical solution to the problem of our complex system is to empower patients with information.”Mark Makary
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