A fierce and pressing condemnation of the money-driven American healthcare system.
By Tom Mueller ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 1, 2023
Mueller’s dispiriting account of the replacement of the Hippocratic oath with a PIN number in the kidney dialysis industry reveals a health care system that is driven by profit. Patients are rushed through the process, with blood being withdrawn and reinserted faster than the body can handle, leading to potential health risks. Those who complain are often denied care, and nephrologists are often unwilling to fight for their patients. In contrast, many other countries use a slower, more frequent program of dialysis, with the locus of care being at home. Despite some American physicians pushing back against the system, and the Trump administration issuing an executive order demanding improved care, the system remains a mess and bad actors are rarely punished. This paints a bleak picture of the current state of the dialysis industry, and the lack of regard for the Hippocratic oath.
Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2023
Page Count: 288
Review Posted Online: June 28, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023