Award-winning reporter, former physician, and author of An American Sickness
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About Elisabeth Rosenthal
Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D. spent 22 years as a reporter, correspondent and senior writer at The New York Times. The capstone of her journalistic career was an award-winning 2-year-long series about the cost of American healthcare called “Paying Till it Hurts.” Dr. Rosenthal’s reporting “has changed the way we think about health care,” wrote Dr. Andrew Boozary, editor of the Harvard Public Health Review. Paul Raeburn, of the MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker, called the series “the clearest dissection to date of the health system’s pricing ills.” He added: “It should galvanize the country.”
In her new book An American Sickness, Dr. Rosenthal expands on her reporting to take a hard look at the history and current state of our nation’s healthcare. At this moment of sweeping political change, Dr. Rosenthal exposes the limitations of our healthcare system by breaking down the monolithic business into its various components—and reminds us what is at stake.
Drawing on her book and work as a journalist, Elisabeth Rosenthal’s lectures penetrate right to the heart of our healthcare problem. She has keynoted healthcare conferences for Consumer Reports, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American College of Physicians and the Mayo Clinic, to name a few. An enlightening speaker, Dr. Rosenthal tackles this difficult topic with remarkable clarity, whether addressing healthcare providers, doctors, or patients.
A frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Sunday Review, Dr. Rosenthal has made national appearances on media outlets such as MSNBC Morning Joe, C-Span, This American Life, NPR’s Fresh Air, and The Diane Rehm Show among others. Her awards include the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2014 beat reporting prize, the 2014 Victor Cohn Prize from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the 2014 Online News Association’s topical reporting prize and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott prize, as well as multiple citations from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.
Born in New York City, Dr. Rosenthal holds an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and worked as an E.R. physician before becoming a full-time journalist. She has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale, a Ferris Visiting Professor at Princeton, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Rosenthal works as the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent foundation-funded reporting project providing health and health policy news to media partners like NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.
The American Healthcare System
In this seminal lecture, Dr. Rosenthal addresses everything you need to know about the American healthcare system, catering to different audiences with various expertise and knowledge. Why are American health costs 2-3 times more than elsewhere in the developed world? What do terms like “Medicaid block grants”, and “individual mandate” really mean for patients and providers? And on a broader scale, how has our national system unraveled so quickly, and what are the challenges and threats that it faces today?
Dr. Rosenthal offers a behind-the-scenes tour through the financial strategies of insurance, hospitals, doctors, drugs and devices, addressing topical themes like the strengths and weaknesses of the Affordable Care Act, the breaking-news attempts to repeal it, and how America can truly effect reform. Most importantly, she translates how these sweeping policies affect every one of us.
Understanding Your Health System
In this talk, Dr. Rosenthal guides audiences through the healthcare system and advises patients on how to fight back against big bills and unfair financial treatment. With her practical approach, Dr. Rosenthal helps individuals get more for their healthcare dollars, offering useful strategies that can be deployed today.
Redefining the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Now that patients are spending more of their own money out-of-pocket, financial discussions and transparent disclosure need to be a part of the doctor-patient interaction. Fortunately, patients and doctors are natural allies in improving our healthcare system. In this lecture, Dr. Rosenthal addresses how both parties can work together to keep costs down, maintain mutual respect, and assist each other on the path to reform.
Praise for Elisabeth Rosenthal
Praise for An American Sickness
In this in-depth analysis of a malfunctioning system, Rosenthal makes a compelling case against the hospital and pharmaceutical executives behind the “money chase,” and it’s hard to imagine a more educated, credible guide…The patients she interviewed share mind-boggling stories…She builds her case with one damning statistic after another…Rosenthal presents solutions both personal and societal in this commanding and necessary call to arms.— Booklist (starred)
Provocatively analyzes…Rosenthal unveils with surgical precision the “dysfunctional medical market”…a startling cascade.— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A blast across the bow of the entire health care industry . . . Throughout, the author blends extensive research with human interest . . .A scathing denouncement.— Kirkus Reviews
Elisabeth Rosenthal’s meticulous history of the crisis in American health care should be required reading for our generation. I have not read another volume that diagnoses the “deeply, perhaps fatally, flawed” system of health insurance and delivery with such lucidity, dissects its critical shortcomings, and provides such a clear prescription for its ills. Bold, imaginative, tautly written and filled with fury and compassion, this book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America.— Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene
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An American Sickness
“An eye opening discussion . . . [An] important book. . . . Rosenthal told an interviewer her goal was to 'start a very loud conversation' that will be 'difficult politically to ignore.' We need such a conversation – not just about how the market fails, but about how we can change the political realities that stand in the way of fixing it.” —The New York Times Book Review