Attia, MD, Peter
It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times
The American healthcare system is broken. At one end of the continuum, the most intimate interactions with patients – the human elements – appear broken. At the other end, there is a structural elephant in the room; the root cause of why the U.S. is the only country spending 18 percent of its GDP on healthcare, despite not getting the value we’d expect.
How do we fix healthcare in this country? Peter Attia, MD, asks – and answers – this provocative and ever-relevant question.
Dr. Attia weaves a double narrative within one story – two ends of the same book. The first narrative describes what he calls the two “best, worst experiences” of his life, telling of a string of personal events that no one would ever want to relive, though in retrospect, you’re better for having endured. These events changed the way Dr. Attia thinks about – and manages – human interactions.
The second narrative takes a stark look at the flow of money into and out of the U.S. healthcare system, and comes to a startling conclusion: there is no system on earth that would ever function properly with the incentives underpinning this system.
Our healthcare system can be fixed, but to do so, we must change the way we approach it from both ends of the spectrum.