The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine

The People's Hospital

By by M.D. Ricardo Nuila. Follows the lives of five uninsured Houstonians as their struggle for survival leads them to a hospital where insurance comes second to genuine care. Whether due to immigration status, income, or the vagaries of state Medicaid law, all five are initially denied access to care at other facilities — which for all five, could prove life-threatening. Each patient eventually lands at Ben Taub, the county hospital where the Dr. Nuila has worked for over a decade. The book challenges the idea that the only way to receive good healthcare is with good insurance. As readers follow the twists and turns in each patient’s story, it’s impossible to deny that the system is broken—and that Ben Taub’s innovative model, which emphasizes people over payments, could help light the path forward. Read more.