Course Details

940: Our Catastrophic Care: and How We Can Fix American Healthcare

February 5-8
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

We will use an Atlantic Monthly cover story (supplemented by his 2013 book) by a successful small businessman, David Goldhill—not a 'health policy' guru or politician—as a framework to explore and discuss the flaws, weaknesses, and dangers of our US healthcare 'non-system' in 2018. The writer's healthy father entered a well-respected hospital for treatment of a simple pneumonia and died there three weeks later after mistakes, miscues, poor quality of care, and a $650,000 Medicare bill.  David Goldhill's insights offer us a smart, cogent view of what is badly wrong with our insurance-based system and then suggest a smart and sensible plan to improve the catastrophic care so many of us recognize in the healthcare we receive. Let's discuss.



Class Format: Reading and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Reading prior to first session (See Description.)

Study Group Leader(s):

Norman Marks
Norman Marks, MD, a urological surgeon, after 21 years of private practice, moved to work for the FDA from 1998 until retirement in 2015. He led FDA's Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, creating outreach/educational programs for physicians and patients on the safety of medications used by the nation's patients.

Reading List:

Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--And How We Can Fix It, David Goldhill. Knopf, 2013, ISBN: 0307961540.
find the 2009 Atlantic Monthly article here: