By Libby Lewis, CNN
(CNN) – Marty Makary’s new book “Unaccountable” leaves you with an unsettling view: if you wind up in the emergency room needing surgery – or even if you choose a doctor or a hospital for your surgery – it can amount to Russian roulette.
You might get good care. You might even get great care. Or you might get the doctor or the hospital that's a loaded gun with the safety off.
To make his point, he tells scary, heart-rending stories – some about his own mistakes and near-misses as a surgeon.
[3:45] “I feel like unless we are honest about our problems, we can’ t fix them,” says Makary, who’s a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health “We are so highly esteemed by the public, I think we have a tough time saying openly – ‘I had a near miss: I nearly harmed somebody.”
Makary says that’s just one reason why it’s so hard for patients to figure out how to dodge the health care bullet – by being informed. He wants to change that.
“It’s not going to be the government that fixes the health care problem,” he says. “It’s going to be the patients.”
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