9 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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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?

    What Happens to Patients When Thousands of Cardiologists Leave Town?

    What Happens to Patients When Thousands of Cardiologists Leave Town?

    This week, Bapu Jena presents some hot-off-the-presses research exploring the relationship between how many patients a doctor sees, and how well those patients do. Plus, the surprising impact of annual cardiology conferences that prompted Bapu’s first conversation with Stephen Dubner on Freakonomics Radio.

    • 31 min
    Are Barbershops the Cutting Edge of Healthcare Delivery?

    Are Barbershops the Cutting Edge of Healthcare Delivery?

    Bapu Jena talks with a barber and a pharmacist whose study brought healthcare to Black men in Los Angeles who were getting haircuts. They discuss its impact on high blood pressure among customers — and how unconventional approaches like this could help build trust.

    • 24 min
    How to Solve a Medical Mystery

    How to Solve a Medical Mystery

    A woman comes to the emergency room with back pain. She’ll leave with an unexpected diagnosis. How does her doctor figure out what’s wrong? Listen as host Bapu Jena puts master clinician Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal on the spot to solve a real medical mystery. Along the way, you’ll learn how doctors think and the most important questions they ask.

    • 19 min
    What Do Grocery Store Prices and Heart Surgery Have in Common?

    What Do Grocery Store Prices and Heart Surgery Have in Common?

    Humans are hardwired to focus on the left digit in numbers. It’s why products are priced at $3.99 instead of $4.00. But does this left-digit bias also affect medical decisions? Host Bapu Jena is joined by a fellow researcher and a cardiologist to explain how left-digit bias shows up in one of the most important decisions a doctor can make, what it means for patients, and what we can do about it.

    • 16 min
    Why Are Kids With Summer Birthdays More Likely to Get the Flu?

    Why Are Kids With Summer Birthdays More Likely to Get the Flu?

    After struggling to schedule a flu shot for his own toddler, host Bapu Jena went down a research rabbit hole. He discovered that the time of year kids are born has an unexpected and dramatic effect on whether they and their families end up getting the flu. Bapu explains his findings and asks a pediatrician and public health expert what could be done about it.

    • 18 min
    Do As Docs Say, Not As They Do

    Do As Docs Say, Not As They Do

    Does having more health information actually change behavior? To test this question, host Bapu Jena explores whether doctors make healthier choices than the rest of us (and he fesses up to an unhealthy habit of his own).

    From the Freakonomics Radio Network: Exploring the hidden side of everything.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

Mraghava ,

Nice

How the doctors connect the dot and arrive at a plausible diagnosis and treatment and follow ups . Great to listen

franne fae ,

Time

Well worth my time.

etherdog ,

One of the best podcasts!

Dr Bapu has an engaging style based on sound scientific principles in both medicine and economics. He, or people with the same salience, should be driving healthcare policy at every level of government!

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