From the New York Times bestselling author, Marty Makary, comes an eye-
opening, timely, urgent critique of America's broken healthcare system and the
change agents working 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.

The Price We Pay offers a roadmap for everyday Americans as well as business
leaders to get a better deal on their healthcare, and looks at the disruptors who
are innovating medical care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission,
Makary argues, is alive and well--a mission that can lower costs and save our
country from the crushing cost of the medical industrial complex.

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How Transparency can Revolutionize Healthcare

By Marty Makary

"This thought-provoking guide from a leader in the field is a must-read for M.D.s, and an eye-opener for the rest of us"

—  Publishers Weekly

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.


By Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn

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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