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The people's hospital : hope and peril in American medicine  Cover Image Book Book

The people's hospital : hope and peril in American medicine / Ricardo Nuila.


"First, we meet Stephen, the restaurant franchise manager who signed up for his company’s lowest priced plan, only to find himself facing insurmountable costs after a cancer diagnosis. Then Christian—a young college student and retail worker who can’t seem to get an accurate diagnosis, let alone treatment, for his debilitating knee pain. Geronimo, thirty-six years old, has liver failure, but his meager disability check disqualifies him for Medicaid—and puts a life-saving transplant just out of reach. Roxana, who’s lived in the community without a visa for more than two decades, suffers from complications related to her cancer treatment. And finally, there’s Ebonie, a young mother whose high-risk pregnancy endangers her life. Whether due to immigration status, income, or the vagaries of state Medicaid law, all five are denied access to care. For all five, this exclusion could prove life-threatening. Each patient eventually lands at Ben Taub, the county hospital where Dr. Nuila has worked for over a decade. Nuila delves with empathy into the experiences of his patients, braiding their dramas into a singular narrative that contradicts the established idea that the only way to receive good healthcare is with good insurance. As readers follow the movingly rendered twists and turns in each patient’s story, it’s impossible to deny that our system is broken—and that Ben Taub’s innovative model, which emphasizes people over payments, could help light the path forward." --publisher's website.

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  • ISBN: 9781501198045
  • ISBN: 1501198041
  • Physical Description: x, 370 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-354) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Histories -- Part one: Life without insurance. The dead parts -- Doctors -- Coverage -- Hospitals -- Wards -- Part two: Symptoms and solutions. Assumptions -- Beliefs -- Misperceptions -- Miscalculations -- Algorithmania -- Part three: Costs. Excess -- Public + private -- Disaster syndrome -- Tiers -- Part four: Faith.
Subject: Ben Taub General Hospital.
Medically uninsured persons > Medical care > Texas > Houston > Case studies.
Hospital care > Texas > Houston > Case studies.
Medical care > Texas > Houston > Case studies.
Public hospitals > Texas > Houston.
Public health > Texas > Houston.
Health care reform > United States.
Genre: Case studies.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rolla Public Library NF 362.1109 NUI (Text) 38256101712127 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 04/04/2023

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