An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

This is an eye-opening book that drills down into the history of (probably) every segment of the U.S. healthcare system. I think it’s common knowledge that the system is broken: out of control costs, decoupled from outcomes. The author explains why the business of healthcare has been incentivised toward this for years. The first thing I learned was that health insurers don’t actually have an incentive to keep costs down — in fact, quite the opposite. At the end the author lays out some optimistic strategies for turning this around, but they aren’t necessarily convincing. (View on Amazon)