Medical Racket

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Nationally-known social critic Martin L. Gross skewers the medical prfession with the same sharp pen he used on the federal government in the bestselling The Government Racket, and A Call for Revolution, as well as The Political Racket. Using numerous medical studies, government reports, and his own research, Gross exposes fraud and mistakes by doctors, hospitals and HMOs, costing the public billions of dollars, medical harm, and often loss of life. In addition to his shocking expose, he offers comprehensive solutions to the present chaos of medical care.

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MARTIN L. GROSS, has written more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, which began the serious debate over capricious and wasteful government, and A Call for Revolution, as well as The End of Sanity, The Medical Racket and The Conspiracy of Ignorance. His 1995 bestseller, The Tax Racket, exposed the excesses of the IRS and asked for its elimination. He has testified before the U. S. Congress five times. Three of his prior nonfiction works, The Brain Watchers, The Doctors, and The Psychological Society, stimulated public debate in the fields of psychological testing, medicine, and psychiatry, resulting in Congressional hearings and reforms. Mr. Gross has been a member of the faculty of The New School for Social Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Science at New York University. He lives and works in suburban Connecticut.

Michael Gross is the author of Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles as well as Rogues’ Gallery, 740 Park, Genuine Authentic, and Model. A contributing editor to Travel + Leisure and columnist for Crain’s New York Business, he has been a columnist for the New York Times, New York, and GQ, and a contributor to Vanity Fair, Esquire, Gawker, The Huffington Post, and other publications around the world.

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Over 30 years ago, Gross (a professional gadfly whose earlier critiques have borne down on The Government Racket and The Tax Racket) took on the medical profession with The Doctors. While the field has changed drastically, he once again finds the American physician most at fault. Not that he lets the other sectors of the medical profession off the hook: Gross finds errors and misdeeds among hospitals, HMOs, dentists, private insurers, medical equipment distributors, testing laboratories, the home care industry and nursing homes. In each chapter, he details the health providers' errors, using anecdotes and statistical information gleaned from studies in the field. He cites horrifying cases of hospital error and charges that such iatrogenic (caused by the hospital itself) deaths are often unreported and covered up. While many of his accusations ring true, others seem less plausible, such as his argument that affirmative action has led to the lowering of medical school standards. He advocates decentralization of health care into hospital-centered communities, although why such a concept would bypass all the defects of the present chaos is not clear. Whether it's learning that some 80,000 deaths are either directly or indirectly attributable to infections acquired in hospitals or that med school grads identified only 20% of common heart abnormalities ordinarily detectable with a stethoscope, there's something ghoulishly fascinating about Gross's recitation of incompetence, dishonesty and greed in the medical profession.
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