The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine

S. & S. Audio. Mar. 2023. 10:53 hr. ISBN 9781797151915. $24.99. MED
Physician Nuila explores what happens when someone in America cannot afford health care. Narrating his own work, he shares the stories of five uninsured patients—Stephen, Christian, Geronimo, Roxana, and Ebonie—at Houston’s Ben Taub hospital, a “safety-net” hospital where access to insurance is not required for care. Though their medical needs differ greatly, they each struggle to access and afford lifesaving care. Nuila empathetically interweaves the patients’ stories with information on the history, politics, and beliefs that built, sustained, and gutted the American health care system. Nuila provides a human-centric view of U.S. health care and urgently communicates the crisis faced by millions of people in the country. Although the book is rich with data and statistics, he employs layperson’s terms to make the information more accessible.
VERDICT Through these stories, listeners will learn not only about the monetary cost of medical care but the human cost as well. With facts and heart, this is a timely book that showcases the realities of a system in crisis.
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