Health care charges make up approximately a 5th of U.S. gross household product, yet future health care is a unusual factor to shop for and promote. either a scarce source and a uncomplicated desire, it includes actual and emotional vulnerability and even as it operates as huge company. sufferers have little selection yet to belief those that offer them care, yet even these services confront loads of clinical uncertainty in regards to the prone they provide. Selling Our Souls looks on the contradictions inherent in a single specific future health care market--hospital care. in response to large interviews and observations around the 3 hospitals of 1 California urban, the ebook explores the tensions embedded out there for medical institution care, how varied hospitals deal with those tensions, the old trajectories using disparities in modern medical institution perform, and the perils and chances of a variety of types of care.

As Adam Reich indicates, the book's 3 featured hospitals couldn't be extra various in history or modern perform. PubliCare was once based within the overdue 19th century as an almshouse so as to handle the wishes of the destitute. HolyCare was once based by way of an order of nuns within the mid-twentieth century, delivering non secular convenience to the paying sufferer. And GroupCare was once based within the past due 20th century to rationalize and save money take care of middle-class sufferers and their employers. Reich explains how those legacies play out at the present time when it comes to the hospitals' various responses to related industry pressures, and the types of care that end result.

Selling Our Souls is an in-depth research into how sanatorium companies and the folk who paintings in them make feel of and reply to the fashionable future health care market.

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