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Critical Acclaim for The Price We Pay

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Dr. Makary takes a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care and explains how we can all take action to restore medicine to its noble mission.

Don Berwick, M.D.
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
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Marty Makary is one of the great thought leaders in medicine and his new book, The Price We Pay, brilliantly lifts the veil on the state of modern medicine and the new ideas that are disrupting it.

Senator William Frist, M.D.
US State Senator 1995 - 2007
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A valuable and illuminating read, full of intriguing insights into the use of decision-making in medicine and health care and how to make things work for all.

Cass Sunstein
Co-author of Nudge and professor at Harvard Law School
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American health care lost the 'care' component and devolved into a big, wasteful business. In his new book, Marty Makary undertakes an extensive listening tour and astutely deconstructs how this occurred and what we need to do about it.

Eric Topol, M.D.
Editor-in-chief at Medscape, co-author of The Patient Will See You Now
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Marty Makary is a great storyteller, making accessible the business of medicine and the new ideas disrupting it without losing the important details. Everyone should read this book, and then demand a more transparent and fair system.

Shantanu Agrawal, M.D.
President and CEO of the National Quality Forum
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Dr. Makary artfully sifts through complex data to shine light on a path for those seeking to build a better health care system.

Aneesh Chopra
President of CareJourney and former United States Chief Technology Officer
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Quotation marksPhotograph of Don Berwick

Dr. Makary takes a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care and explains how we can all take action to restore medicine to its noble mission.

Don Berwick, M.D.
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
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Marty Makary is one of the great thought leaders in medicine and his new book, The Price We Pay, brilliantly lifts the veil on the state of modern medicine and the new ideas that are disrupting it.

Senator William Frist, M.D.
US State Senator 1995 - 2007
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A valuable and illuminating read, full of intriguing insights into the use of decision-making in medicine and health care and how to make things work for all.

Cass Sunstein
Co-author of Nudge and professor at Harvard Law School
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American health care lost the 'care' component and devolved into a big, wasteful business. In his new book, Marty Makary undertakes an extensive listening tour and astutely deconstructs how this occurred and what we need to do about it.

Eric Topol, M.D.
Editor-in-chief at Medscape, co-author of The Patient Will See You Now
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Marty Makary is a great storyteller, making accessible the business of medicine and the new ideas disrupting it without losing the important details. Everyone should read this book, and then demand a more transparent and fair system.

Shantanu Agrawal, M.D.
President and CEO of the National Quality Forum
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Dr. Makary artfully sifts through complex data to shine light on a path for those seeking to build a better health care system.

Aneesh Chopra
President of CareJourney and former United States Chief Technology Officer

About Marty

NYT best selling author, tackling the issue of transparency in healthcare.

He is the recipient of the 2020 Business Book of the Year Award for The Price We Pay. A professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he has published over 250 scientific articles on the re-design of health care, medical innovation, and vulnerable populations. Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of Medpage Today. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator.

His current research focuses on the underlying causes of disease and relationship-based medicine. His book Unaccountable turned into the T.V. series “The Resident” and his newest bestselling book, The Price We Pay, was described by Don Berwick as “a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care” and by Steve Forbes as “a must-read for every American”.  He speaks nationally and internationally on the appropriateness of care and lifestyle choices that influence health outcomes, employee health benefits design, and health care costs.

He is the recipient of the Nobility in Science Award from the National Pancreas Foundation and has been a visiting professor at over 20 medical schools. Dr. Makary was the lead author of the original publications on the surgery checklist and later served in leadership roles at the World Health Organization. Dr. Makary is the chairman of the African Mission Healthcare medical advisory board and leads several health care collaboratives. His current research focuses on the underlying causes of disease and relationship-based medicine.

Marty's Books

2020

The Price We Pay

What Broke American Health Care - And How to Fix it

One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising healthcare costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading healthcare experts, travels across America and details why healthcare has become a financial crisis. Using vivid stories and original research, Dr. Makary explains how a new business model of price gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games is in need of a serious shake-up. He shows how so much of healthcare spending goes to things that have nothing to do with health and what you can do about it. Dr. Makary also untangles medical bills that are so confusing most doctors can't interpret them and challenges the medical establishment to remember medicine's noble heritage of caring for people when they are vulnerable.
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2015

Mama Maggie

The Untold Story of One Woman's Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt's Garbage Slums

Since 1997, Maggie Gobran and her organization Stephen’s Children have been changing lives in Cairo’s notorious zabala, or garbage slums. Her innovative, transformational work has garnered worldwide fame and multiple Nobel Prize nominations, but her full story has remained untold—until now. Bestselling authors Martin Makary and Ellen Vaughn chronicle Mama Maggie’s surprising pilgrimage from privileged child to stylish businesswoman to college professor pondering God’s call to change. She answered that call by becoming the modest figure in white who daily navigates piles of stinking trash, bringing hope to the poorest of the poor. Smart and savvy, as tough as she is tender, Maggie Gobran is utterly surrendered to her mission to the “garbage people” who captured her heart. ​At her request, the book also spotlights the people she serves—the men, women, and children who prove every day what a little bit of help and a lot of love can do.
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2012

Unnacountable

What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

A New York Times best-selling book about the effort to make our healthcare more transparent and safer for patients. Focusing on both old ways of doing business and new innovations disrupting health care, this is a guidebook for patients and reformers alike.​

The book details the hazards of transparency done poorly and the reward of transparency done well--when physicians and patients are at the center.​ How do we take health care to the next level?  The barriers and heroes of the American health care system are highlighted vividly in this Library Journal Book of the Year.
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