The People's Hospital by Ricardo Nuila audiobook

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

By Dr. Ricardo Nuila
Read by Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501198045
10.89 Hours 1
Format : CD (In Stock)
  • $39.99
    Available on 03/14/2023

    ISBN: 9781797151939

Expensive. Broken. Americans use these two words more than any others to describe—and condemn—their own health-care system. And they’re right. Could one local hospital—a David among the Goliaths of the Texas Medical Center—serve as a model for the change Americans have longed for? In the richest country on earth, the high cost of health care drains pockets and leaves millions without access to lifesaving treatments, crowding emergency rooms and ultimately leading to greater expenses for all. How to change a system so mired in politics and corporatism, however, remains elusive. What Americans don’t know is that a humane and cost-effective health-care system already exists in Houston, Texas. In The People’s Hospital, Dr. Ricardo Nuila takes us inside the Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital, where he has practiced medicine for more than a decade. He shares the experiences of five of his patients, braiding their dramas into a singular narrative that tears down the notion that good health care in America is only available to the well insured. Despite the massive challenges, Ben Taub, a publicly funded hospital, provides affordable, accessible health care for pennies on the dollar. Nuila shows us how—and makes clear the enormous impact this kind of health care has on individual patients’ lives and on the health of a community. As listeners follow the many twists and turns, all told with a novelist’s flair, on the health-care journeys of Roxana, Geronimo, Christian, Stephen, and Ebonie, it’s impossible to deny that the system is broken—and that Ben Taub’s innovative model, which emphasizes people over payments, could help light the path forward.

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Summary

Summary

Expensive. Broken. Americans use these two words more than any others to describe—and condemn—their own health-care system. And they’re right. Could one local hospital—a David among the Goliaths of the Texas Medical Center—serve as a model for the change Americans have longed for?

In the richest country on earth, the high cost of health care drains pockets and leaves millions without access to lifesaving treatments, crowding emergency rooms and ultimately leading to greater expenses for all. How to change a system so mired in politics and corporatism, however, remains elusive. What Americans don’t know is that a humane and cost-effective health-care system already exists in Houston, Texas.

In The People’s Hospital, Dr. Ricardo Nuila takes us inside the Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital, where he has practiced medicine for more than a decade. He shares the experiences of five of his patients, braiding their dramas into a singular narrative that tears down the notion that good health care in America is only available to the well insured.

Despite the massive challenges, Ben Taub, a publicly funded hospital, provides affordable, accessible health care for pennies on the dollar. Nuila shows us how—and makes clear the enormous impact this kind of health care has on individual patients’ lives and on the health of a community.

As listeners follow the many twists and turns, all told with a novelist’s flair, on the health-care journeys of Roxana, Geronimo, Christian, Stephen, and Ebonie, it’s impossible to deny that the system is broken—and that Ben Taub’s innovative model, which emphasizes people over payments, could help light the path forward.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The People’s Hospital is inspirational and gut wrenching, thrilling and scrupulous, damning and hope-filled. Ricardo Nuila has seen the potential for our corporatized, profit-driven system to be reoriented around tenants of human dignity, and offers readers a glimpse of what is possible when American health care recommits itself to the bygone promise of protecting our most vulnerable.” Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River

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Author Bio: Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Author Bio: Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Dr. Ricardo Nuila is a writer, teacher, and practicing doctor. He is an associate professor of medicine, medical ethics, and health policy at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Humanities Expression and Arts Lab [HEAL] program.  

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English