The Future of Healthcare in America

The Illness of Medicine by Michael J. Young, M.D.

About the book:

Dr. Michael J. Young, a practicing physician for three decades sheds light on the current debacle of the medical health delivery system in America. His powerful book, The Illness of Medicine, is an important message and honest look behind and around the process of health care delivery, from the perspective of both patient and provider.


Michael J. Young, M.D., graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, with an undergraduate degree in Biology. He then matriculated to Rush Medical College for his medical degree, and subsequently to Loyola University Medical Center, to complete his residency in Urology. Dr. Young was certified by the American Board of Urology, and is a Fellow, American College of Surgeons. He went into private practice upon completion of his training. He was the Section Chairman of Urology at two Chicago area medical centers, as well as the Residency Program Director at these institutions for The Department of Urology, University of Illinois at Chicago. 


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April 8, 2018

After reading the book, I bought 5 more copies, (it is that good and that was the limit or would of bought more), to pass along to my family and friends. Dr. Young tells it like it is for everyone to understand and relate to our own doctor experiences. Thanks Dr. Young for such a honest perspective on what is happening today in the medical profession led by the greed of the insurance industry and corporate profits. - Video Depo Man

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Building the Solution


We must:

Keep pre-existing conditions as a requirement for any health insurance. Being born is a pre-existing condition.

Have a single payer system. 

Increase regulation of charges made by health care related enterprises (e.g., pharmaceutical co., device manufacturers, etc.)

Improve health care system financial inefficiency.


Change laws regarding the ease with which medical litigation claims are filed and cap limits of payment.


Improve the standardization and quality of medical information services.

Eliminate direct consumer advertising of medication.

More about the book...

The Illness of Medicine examines and reviews how one experiences medical treatment from both sides of the table. The significant obstacles patients endure, as well as the exasperation many of the truly dedicated medical professionals feel, has been assessed. The controlling arrogance of the insurance industry and the clout pharmaceutical companies have has just become overwhelming.

Dr. Young recalls a time in his 30-year medical practice when these industries worked with, and for, us. Today, they appear to be the opposition. Patients have essentially no control and doctors have lost the ability to direct their own profession. Profit-driven corporations dictate how patient care is now governed and this is an undeniable problem that needs to be addressed and rectified. We are all frustrated with how we are so restricted, so vulnerable as we struggle to navigate through our health care system. Most painful is how we are treated by the medical system itself. Absent today is the sense of concern and empathy we used to associate with the health care community. We yearn to be treated with compassion; to have trust and confidence in those engaged in taking care of us.

Unfortunately, medicine has become a mechanism of profit. It has become a business whose own bureaucratic demands have spread like a powerful, aggressive disease.


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This book is unequivocally a must read.

Dr. Young's humanistic account of the medical industry's profit focused motives and patient commodity treatment behaviors is enlightening and disconcerting. Acknowledging and addressing the healthcare delivery system's money-grubbing illness will facilitate favorable outcomes for all constituents. - Ellen G. 

Dr. Young presents his points of view with honesty based on years of experience.

A must read for physicians and patients with a unique perspective from a caring physician. I respect his high expectations, values and admire his compassion. - Barbara K.

The “Practice of Medicine”?

 More than a book about medicine this is a rendering of how patient and doctor relationships should ultimately define what the “practice” of medicine was actually meant to accomplish...but hasn't! This frank and candid assessment by Dr. Michael J. Young, formed over his long and prestigious career, takes on the broad chasm that has formed over the years between patient and doctor relationships to reveal all the inner-workings of what should and could make medicine effective...but hasn’t! Clearly written in a style partly memoir and succinctly critical it is highly recommended for anyone interested in an understanding of the workings of a complex and highly politicized bureaucratic industry! I just sent copies to both of my sons. The book is that important! - Dan Ramirez

This is an extremely relevant & important book for all people to read.

Dr. Young’s book is a MUST read for all age groups especially the 20-somethings who have no medical problems. This is an eye-opening look into the insurance companies & the structure of the “medical business.” A sad state of affairs in the US. - TLD

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