‘The Price We Pay’ Argues Rising Health Care Costs Undermine Public Trust in Medicine

October 22, 2019

(NPR) – Americans are losing trust in their doctors, says Dr. Marty Makary in his new book, The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It. The reason, he argues, is that medical care is just too expensive.  A surgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins University, Makary says that hospitals’ predatory financial practices — such as hospitals that sue their patients for unpaid bills or hit patients with surprise bills for tens of thousands of dollars — are a major threat to the doctor-patient relationship.