Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

Dr. Marty Makary, third from left, speaks with residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  - (Photo credit/Keith Weller)

Dr. Marty Makary, third from left, speaks with residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

(Photo credit/Keith Weller)

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

The role of government in health care is a hot-button political issue in today's debates. But a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital argues the most important reform needed is more transparency. Dr. Marty Makary describes how to make medicine more accountable.

A New England Journal of Medicine study concluded as many as 25 percent of all hospitalized patients will experience a preventable medical error of some kind. Other studies indicate one in every five medications, tests and procedures is unnecessary. Consumers have the tools to comparison shop when deciding on a new car, home or other major purchase. But when it comes to choosing a hospital or doctor, they are largely in the dark. Most patients do not have access to data on safety and quality from individual hospitals and doctors. Johns Hopkins surgeon and health safety advocate Marty Makary says transparency can revolutionize health care. We discuss what hospitals won't tell you and why you need to know.

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Dr. Marty Makary

surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and associate professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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Excerpt from "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care" by Marty Makary. Copyright 2012 by Marty Makary. Reprinted here by permission of Bloomsbury Publishing. All rights reserved.

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