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May 1, 2002

Health SystemsBleeding the Patient: The Consequences of Corporate Health Care

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler with Ida Hellander, 238 pp, $29.95, ISBN 1-56751-207-0, paper, $15.95, ISBN 1-56751-206-2, Monroe, Me, Common Courage Press, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(17):2289-2290. doi:10.1001/jama.287.17.2289

The seven years since the failed attempt of the Clinton administration to enact health care reform have seen the burgeoning of for-profit corporations in all aspects of health care. Giant health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, for-profit hospital corporations with hundreds of hospitals, hemodialysis and nursing home chains, mental health and home care corporations, and many others less visible, such as quality-of-care and credentialing companies, are now well-entrenched in our uniquely American system of health care and are profiting handsomely. But in this free-enterprise free-for-all, how are patients—and doctors—faring? To find out, read this book.

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