78 episodes

Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

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    • 4.7 • 901 Ratings

Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

    71. What Do COVID-19 and Cancer Have in Common?

    71. What Do COVID-19 and Cancer Have in Common?

    mRNA vaccines helped bring the pandemic under control. Could they also train the immune system to fight cancer?

    • 26 min
    70. Why Are There Still So Few Female Surgeons?

    70. Why Are There Still So Few Female Surgeons?

    Success and failure are hard to measure in medicine. Bapu looks at how surgeons are judged after a bad outcome — and whether men and women are treated the same.

    • 29 min
    69. Home Sweet … Hospital?

    69. Home Sweet … Hospital?

    We take it for granted that, when people are acutely ill, they should be in the hospital. Is there a better way?

    • 27 min
    68. The E.R. Doctor’s Dilemma

    68. The E.R. Doctor’s Dilemma

    Figuring out which patients to hospitalize and which to safely send home can be tricky. Is there a way to make this decision easier for doctors — and get better outcomes, too?

    • 29 min
    What Can We Do About the Hardest Patients? (Ep. 51 Replay)

    What Can We Do About the Hardest Patients? (Ep. 51 Replay)

    A small number of patients with multiple chronic conditions use a lot of resources. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner found a way to identify and treat them. Could it reduce health-care spending too?

    • 30 min
    67. Why Did This 60-Year-Old Man Collapse at the Supermarket?

    67. Why Did This 60-Year-Old Man Collapse at the Supermarket?

    Bapu tries to stump master clinician Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal with a medical mystery.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
901 Ratings

901 Ratings

Marcher librement ,

Best podcast

Having worked in healthcare management the last 15 years of my career, the intersection of healthcare and economics has always fascinated me. The topics that are presented on this podcast are always interesting, informative and thought provoking. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to informative listening.

john frasure ,

Excellent listen

I am always intrigued by the interactions between the medicine, the financial/health insurance aspects of the podcast. The mental health, the challenges of the patients with the hardest medical issues and the financial costs of that are interesting, but showing that we can, as a medical society, work to improve their lives rejuvenates me to help my patients at the top of my ability. Thank you!

eps1969 ,

Social media turn for the worse..

Social media is not in a good place in today’s world. People need to learn how to do something different.

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