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Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr.
Vivekanand Palavali , M.D., who regularly performs medicine's most intricate and complicated neurosurgeries, dissects America's healthcare system in a new book and documentary titled "Bitter Pill: America and Healthcare in America."
The United States spends almost
$3 trillion annually on health care, yet 50 million Americans are uninsured. "This is unconscionable in a country as rich as ours," stated Dr. Palavali. "The societies in
Western Europe, for example, spend far less, yet provide
universal healthcare, and their citizens are healthier and and live longer," he added.
The book and movie are "eye opening" accounts of Dr. Palavali's dissection of the medical industry in order to better understand the deep-rooted cancer that is destroying US health care. Dr. Palavali traveled the world to gain insights into how to achieve decent and affordable health care for all Americans. In his accomplished surgical practice, the doctor contemplates workable solutions to the expensive and seriously insufficient healthcare in this country.
Ron Shinkman, editor of Fierce Health Finance, called Bitter Pill, "A better effort than
Michael Moore 's 2007 investigation of the healthcare system, 'Sicko.'" A leading authority on health care issues, Shinkman said, "It is far more matter-of-fact and isn't silted with propagandistic stunts," in his comparison to Moore's film. Ironically, Dr. Palavali practices medicine neurosurgery in
Moore's hometown of
During the production of the documentary, Dr. Palavali shot all the video himself and conducted the interviews. He also edited and directed much of the work in post-production. In writing the book, Dr. Palavali researched all the necessary information himself. These fact-filled, entertaining projects were completed while the doctor also maintained a full time surgical practice!