Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis---and the People Who Pay the Price
America's health care system is unraveling, with millions of hard-working people unable to pay for prescription drugs and regular checkups, let alone hospital visits. Jonathan Cohn traveled across the United States—the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens access to medical care—to investigate why this crisis is happening and to see firs...more
Through a series of case studies which encompass the country from
New York to California,Mr.Cohn illustrates the inadequacies of our
present health care system.He vividly portrays the perils of job loss
as it affects the loss of health insurance.Further, he shows how many,
thinking they have good coverage,frequently find that they have very
little. Then there's the saga of the overburdened emergency rooms popu-
lated by those without insurance. It is estimated that those with insur-
ance pay an extr ...more
Be warned, however, if you prefer to learn about health care from people shouting loud noises at you (SOCIALISM!): this may not be your cup of tea.
The unyielding ...more
The people in Cohn’s book aren’t indigent or overtly irresponsible, but rather decent, lower-to-middle class citizens with jobs, ambitions and a desire to live happily. However, they fall into tou ...more
This book consists of stories on people who have struggled to obtain medical care - and for a variety of reason ran into significant problems:
Losing insurance b/c of losing one's job. The steady decli ...more
This book was not a rant nor was it a dry policy piece. Cohn does a fantastic job of weaving the history of American health care in with case studies of people of different ages, from different backgrounds, from different regions of the country and who had different problems with the healthcare system. He then put each situation in its proper context in history and policy so that he could explain why these things ha ...more
Cohn did an amazing job of making the history and current status of our health care system interesting to read - I didn't ever feel like I HAD to keep reading; I just WANTED to keep reading!
Everyone who wants to know how and why our current health care system operates the way it does should read this book!
Every chapter of the book is the story of another patient in another city:
Gary Rotzler from Gilbertsville, NY, lost the medical insurance that came with his high-paid aerospace job when he was made redundant in 1993. He did find work, and did so very promptly, but not work that offered him medical benefits, because by the mid-nineties the aerospace sector was feeling the squeeze ...more
I found Sick to be an excellent primer on the U.S. health care system. The subtitle: the untold story of America's health care crisis - and those who pay the price, turns out to be the focus of this book (shockin ...more
It's a great story - for me, this works entirely, as I generally agree with his conclusions. I believe that he'd have had more success with a broader audience - including perhaps some people who may disagree with his views - if he didn't ...more
Well-executed, but I found it a bit ponderous on the whole -- though using real people to make the policy discussion more immediate is a good techn ...more
This is the first book of my year long study of health care. Sick primarily focuses on some of the problems our current health care system faces. At each chapter it presents a true heart breaking story of real people who have suffered. It's sad and an eye opener to health care but it wasn't what I ...more
What made the biggest impression on me the most, however, was the conclusion, the argument in which rang emotionally and intellectually true. Also of note is the annotated bibliography, which is ...more
We know about these things (from the media or personal experiences) but it helps so much to read about it, sequentially, and in illustrated format.
I loved the case histories. They are as refreshing as a picture [which is alleged to be as good as 1,000 words]. Also loved that the sections were sometimes split up geographically, such as the one named Austin, 'cause that's where I am rig ...more