American Health Care Killed My Father: David Goldhill on How Consumer-Driven Medicine Saves Lives

In 2007, David Goldhill’s father was admitted to a New York City
hospital with pneumonia, and five weeks later he died there from
multiple hospital-acquired infections. “I probably would have been
like any other family member dealing with the grief and disbelief,”
says Goldhill, a self-described liberal Democrat who is currently
the CEO of the Game Show Network. “But,” as Goldhill recounts,

A month later there was
a profile
in The New Yorker of physician Peter
Provonost, who was running around the country with fairly simple
steps for cleanliness and hygiene that could significantly reduce
the hospital-acquired infection rate, but he was having a hard time
getting hospitals to sign up for this. I had helped run a movie
chain, and we had a rule that if a soda spilled, it had to be
cleaned up in five minutes or someone got in trouble. And I thought
to myself, if we can do that to get you not to go to the theater
across the street, why are hospitals having such a hard time doing
simple cost-free things to save lives?

That’s how Goldhill first got interested in the economics of the
American health care system. In 2009, he published a much-discussed

in The Atlantic, which he has now expanded
into a book, titled
Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My
Father–and How We Can Fix It

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