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September 23, 2012

'Unaccountable' is a thought-provoking read

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Be aware of clever marketing and don’t let a flashy website keep you from asking questions. Use your right to a second (or third) opinion, even if you have to pay for it yourself. Know what kind of doctor you need and pick one who’s done a lot of the kind of care you require. And finally, before you settle on a surgeon, ask other healthcare workers who they’d choose for their healthcare.

That, says Makary, “… tells you everything.”

Sobering, thought-provoking, and wonderfully entertaining, “Unaccountable” is also very controversial. And, according to author Marty Makary, it’s something many of his fellow physicians thanked him for writing.

Using his own experiences and observations as examples for his ideas, Makary sharply illustrates how bad medicine can have tragic outcomes and what can be done about it. Readers will surely be shocked — and frustrated because of the code of silence that Makary describes in dismaying detail and because he offers ample reasons behind why the cost of getting you healthy will make you absolutely sick.

If healthcare is on your mind in this politically-divisive year, then “Unaccountable” will give you more food for thought. For you, this book on medical transparency is clearly something you’ll want to read .

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Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books for the Sunday Eagle-Tribune.

"Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care" by Marty Makary, MD c.2012, Bloomsbury Press $26.00 / $27.50 Canada 246 pages

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