“Fight Back” is produced by the non-profit organization Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation. Each episode takes a look at a pressing current medical issue, often including the story of someone who has been negatively affected by that issue, such as insurance claims denied, not getting the referral to a specialist or medical procedure one needs, an unexpected “out of network” bill, dealing with heart disease, COVID, mental illness, and more. Then we interview a relevant expert who can provide the insights and resources to help solve these kinds of problems while navigating our complex healthcare system.(The information provided on this podcast is for general information only, and is no substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney. Consumers who need legal advice about health care access or insurance should consult a qualified attorney who can provide advice tailored to their particular situations. The views expressed by individuals in these podcasts are their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation or the views any other organization or agency with which such individuals are affiliated.)
Covid-19 Vaccine Developments: Could One Be Right for You?
Today on FightBack! we discuss the latest information about the COVID 19 vaccine, and the new delivery systems that are being developed. We talk about this development and how the lessons learned with the COVID-19 pandemic are helping scientists gain ground on other vaccines. Joining us to shed light on these issues is Dr. Mike Ybarra, Emergency Room Physician and Chief Medical Officer at Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America who shares his knowledge regarding vaccine developments, not only regarding COVID, but other vaccines as well.
Minicast: Could Chiropractic Care Be Right for You?
In this Fight Back Minicast, we talk about chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline emphasizing the body’s inherent recuperative power to heal without using drugs or surgery. The chiropractic practice focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
We welcome our special guest, Dr. Steven Barham. After suffering a severe back injury playing college football, Steven faced major surgery but chose to try chiropractic care. The treatment he received provided quick and lasting results, and he decided to enter the chiropractic profession. For the last 30 years, he has been helping patients of all ages seek relief and healing from their health problems.
Library Release: How to Budget Your Medical Expenses
In this Fight Back Library release, Dr. Ted Mazer joins us to discuss how you can fit your medical expenses into your budget. We discuss the importance of shopping for medical procedures, ways to avoid surprise billing, understanding how in and out-of-network physicians and procedures affect your final bill, how to negotiate hospital bills, and more.
Dr. Mazer is a former President of the California Medical Association. In 2015, San Diego County Medical Society named him one of the county’s “Top Doctors” in their annual “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey published by San Diego Magazine.
Please see the companion episode, “Negotiating Medical Bills,” one of our most popular.
The Pandemic is Gone: How Does the Healthcare System Recover?
In early April 2023, President Biden signed a bipartisan congressional resolution to end the federal government’s emergency response to the COVID pandemic. What does that mean for America? How does that affect access to healthcare? Will new vaccines still be produced? Our COVID expert, Dr. Brad Pollock, joins us to answer these and other questions, including the new medical diagnosis of long COVID.
Minicast: Planning for an Emergency Medical Situation
Listen in to this minicast as “Fight Back” covers the critically important topic of advanced healthcare directives, a legal document that addresses such end-of-life issues as “do not resuscitate” orders, treatment options, healthcare proxies, and more.
Our guest is Ashton Ellis, an expert on advanced directives and an attorney who creates advanced directives for families. Ashton is currently working to develop a curriculum that trains doctors and lawyers on how to apply the appropriate standard of care when complying with end-of-life care laws. Our conversation will briefly examine why a healthcare directive is so important for yourself and your loved ones.
America's Fentanyl Crisis: What Parents Need to Know
On today’s new Fight Back episode, our hosts discuss the illegal Fentanyl drug crisis with California Assemblyman Joe Patterson and community advocate Laura Didier, who lost her son to illicit Fentanyl. With fentanyl deaths surging by 279% since 2016, public health and community leaders are looking for solutions.
Assemblyman Joe Patterson was elected in November 2022 and represents California Assembly District 5. Before his election to the Legislature, Joe ran his own business and served on the Rocklin City Council as Mayor. Laura Didier, after the loss of her son, began advocating and educating youth and parents about the danger of illicit Fentanyl. She travels nationwide to raise awareness of this crisis. Join us as we learn about the crisis, what leaders are doing to try to solve the problem in California, and what resources could be available in your community.
Why I listened
For my morning listening, I opted to listen to the program. Why? I need to collect various perspectives on this topic for a breakout session I am doing for my community colleges equity summit soon. I realize that as a white American Muslim Woman, I have one narrative; one perspective... but there are many more out there that need heard.
Very useful, practical podcast
Healthcare issues are so complicated and frustrating. I feel like I’m learning some useful information that’ll help me a lot.
Great, free resource for navigating the healthcare system
A great, free resource with information from subject matter experts on navigating the many times complicated healthcare and insurance systems.