17 episodes

What's your life worth? Healthcare in the United States can bankrupt you, demoralize you—or actually kill you. Healthcare economist David Smith grew up in a Mormon community in Utah, and lost his father, sister, and brother to the same deadly epidemic. He’s spent his career exploring whether their deaths were preventable and how we can make health a priority for everyone. On The Cost of Care, David and his guests – patients, medical experts, and policy makers – reveal how the wealthiest nation on earth ended up with one of the most expensive, worst-performing health care systems in the world and provide solutions to fix it, together.

The Cost of Care Lemonada

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.1 • 374 Ratings

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What's your life worth? Healthcare in the United States can bankrupt you, demoralize you—or actually kill you. Healthcare economist David Smith grew up in a Mormon community in Utah, and lost his father, sister, and brother to the same deadly epidemic. He’s spent his career exploring whether their deaths were preventable and how we can make health a priority for everyone. On The Cost of Care, David and his guests – patients, medical experts, and policy makers – reveal how the wealthiest nation on earth ended up with one of the most expensive, worst-performing health care systems in the world and provide solutions to fix it, together.

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    Do We Really Care About Nurses?

    Do We Really Care About Nurses?

    In this special episode of The Cost of Care, host David Smith shines a light on how the nation is driving a national shortage of nursing professionals, hearing from frontline, retired, and nurse educators and advocates. He'll take listeners through the nursing landscape pre-pandemic, how COVID-19 fueled the crisis, and what the future portends without meaningful intervention. Sponsored by Nurse.com. As the trusted career resource built by and for nurses, Nurse.com fosters the largest online community of nurses, connecting with nearly 3 million nurses per month. Nurse.com serves nurses with lifelong career support through accredited continuing education, job opportunities, and a thriving community that supports their passion for the profession and empowers them to flourish.

    This podcast is sponsored by Nurse.com. If you’re a fan of this podcast, then you’ll love the new show, NurseDot Podcast. It’s a weekly podcast focused on providing nurses with validation, resources, and hope, one episode at a time. Cara Lunsford, RN and CPHON, leads this 16-week series, bringing in a new guest every episode. Together, they cover everything from caring while grieving, to safe staffing, to becoming a nurse influencer, and beyond. Listen to NurseDot Podcast wherever you find your podcasts.

    Nurse.com conducted extensive, unbiased research to create a free salary research report. Download the free report today at nurse.com/salary. Get the salary you're worth. Get the salary you deserve.
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    • 56 min
    Presenting Audio Reality : Being GOLDEN

    Presenting Audio Reality : Being GOLDEN

    The producers of this series would like to share with you another series they know you’ll love. BEING is reality TV for your ears, an innovative new audio format like no other podcast you've ever heard. This season, it’s BEING Golden -- a look inside the lives of four 60+ seniors living in LA.

    Meet Buzz, a 71-year-old former sales and marketing executive who drastically uprooted his life by moving out west to Los Angeles to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an actor -- even if it means taking a job as a rideshare driver to make ends meet, and despite objections from his adult kids. And meet Gloria, a 71-year-old retiree with a past as spicy as her personality. As she looks back on her dating history, is it time to finally open a new chapter and look for love (or just a good time) by diving into the dating app scene?
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    • 40 min
    11. Who Gets to Be Healthy?

    11. Who Gets to Be Healthy?

    In a special episode, timed with Black History Month, David shares his thoughts on the legacy of slavery and the impact structural racism on the cost of care today, about a year since the show’s first launch. David’s joined by Kristi Henderson of Optum, Yasmine Winkler, a leader in the health, diversity and inclusion space and Ron Wyatt of MCIC Vermont to define health equity today, and explore how to live up to imperative goals around attainably healthy lives.

    This special episode was funded by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the premier organization working to accelerate the adoption of telehealth. The ATA2022 annual conference, May 1-3 in Boston, will be the largest event in virtual care this year. Use our exclusive comp code ATA22LEMONADA when registering to receive a $150 discount: https://gotelehealth.org/ata-2022/.
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    • 46 min
    Breaking the Cycle of Generational Trauma with Billie Lourd

    Breaking the Cycle of Generational Trauma with Billie Lourd

    As a holiday bonus, the team at The Cost of Care wanted to share one of their favorite podcasts of 2021 with you.  New Day from Lemonada Media is a podcast with a simple goal - helping you get through the day and look forward to tomorrow. Every week, Claire Bidwell Smith shares one way to make your day and life a little better. From waking up with more energy to finding contentment with relationships, to keeping your New Year resolutions all year long, Claire and her guests help you answer the big question: How can I lead a more fulfilling life? New Day is back with brand new episodes starting January 5th.

     

    Billie Lourd has been grieving the loss of her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds since 2016. She shares what it was like growing up in the public eye in a family dealing with addiction and mental illness. This week’s practice is about all the things you inherit from your family (good and bad) and the patterns you want to break.
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    • 45 min
    David Smith Revisits Last Day S1 Ep 3: And Now, We Rewind the Tape

    David Smith Revisits Last Day S1 Ep 3: And Now, We Rewind the Tape

    Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. Fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll of the pandemic are the primary drivers. With so many of us affected, there’s a dire need for solutions. That’s why we’re re-releasing episodes 2-12 from season one with new updates from previous guests and fans of the show. Last Day Revisited: The Opioid Crisis is a binge listen that offers essential knowledge, support, and answers for people directly impacted by addiction. PLUS, we reveal what topic we’ll be covering in Last Day Season 3, dropping early 2022. Together, we can reduce stigma and save lives.  On Last Day, we talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in the US, Season 2 delves into the growing suicide rate, telling real stories, talking to experts, and asking everyone along the way, "How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?"

     

    On this episode, Stefano Cordova Jr.’s family tries to make sense of Stefano’s overdose death and how they all got here. Then, Dr. Sam Snodgrass, a behavioral pharmacologist with a doctorate in biopsychology, explains how his own addiction to opioids is a disease and why understanding that is key to helping people with substance use disorders.

     

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    • 46 min
    10. Pro Tips on Fighting the System

    10. Pro Tips on Fighting the System

    In the final episode of the season, David highlights pro tips from the experts themselves: patient advocates Linda Michelson and AnnMarie McIlwain. Dr. David Blumenthal of The Commonwealth Fund joins to shine the light on tangible solutions on how to restructure our national health care system.

     

    Resources from the episode:


    Check out Marshall Allen's book, Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win: https://www.marshallallen.com/ 
    Contact Linda Michelson: https://medicalbillproblems.com/ 
    Contact AnnMarie McIlwain and her team: http://www.patientadvocators.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnueFBhChARIsAPu3YkR5dzaS6o-jIY8ZJUoJZUlRku1bWMVgVYfnn5wQ4F-c1YwmDUbMihIaAnb9EALw_wcB  
    Keep up with the Commonwealth Fund: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/ 
    AdvoConnection’s patient advocates directory: https://profile.advoconnection.com/ 
    AdvoConnection’s comprehensive overview of patient advocacy: https://www.aphadvocates.org/profession-overview/ 
    National Patient Advocate Foundation’s resources on choosing the best health care plan for you: https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/how-to-choose-a-plan/ 
    CoPatient’s resources for making sure your bills are fair and accurate: https://www.copatient.com/ 

     

    Keep up with David on twitter @CHIDavidSmith. 

     

    Share your feedback!  Email us at costofcare@lemonadamedia.com or leave us a voicemail at 833-453-6662. 

     

    Support for this episode of The Cost of Care comes from Healthline.com, America’s leading digital health brand. Visit healthline.com/costofcare now, and stay connected by following @healthline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Healthline: Powering healthy actions and supporting you on your journey to well-being.

     

    Support for this podcast comes from The Commonwealth Fund, a health care research foundation working to improve the U.S. health system. Visit commonwealthfund.org/costofcare, and stay connected by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Commonwealth Fund: Affordable, quality health care. For everyone.

     

    You can click this link for a full list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows.

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/thecostofcare/ shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

WhyBabyJesusWhy ,

Pandering to what is

Having experienced UK (NHS) and decades of for profit American health care for my chronic issues this is my take on this podcast.

Focus on anecdotal experiences and graphic tragic outcomes doesn’t illustrate the everyday mindset and relationship with health care of most Americans.

To illustrate:

There’s a billion dollar industrial complex of over the counter treatments, alternative care and health and wellness that Americans routinely access in lieu of standard western medical care because the health care system is problematic.

Everyday people self diagnose and practice frontier medicine on themselves because of the cost and well known inefficacy of the medical establishment in America.

My own chronic condition routinely gets prescribed a cocktail of drugs that are peer review researched to have about the same effect as a placebo and a slew of cumulative nasty side effects that include suicidal ideation. I opted out of those standard treatments. Go figure.

And mine is an average experience here in America. In general we don’t trust our health system. And the ramifications of millions of people who no longer use the established medical system (unless they absolutely have to) is the unnecessary death toll (Covid for example)and general unmitigated medical maiming of the population that’s not seen in other countries.

When I was living in the UK I was straight up told first day I arrived (apropos of nothing) and like I was a slow child that health care was a human right.

And in practice, observing my UK friends/colleagues receive health care and my own personal experiences with NHS made me realize that my experience with the monetization of American health care impacts me in every aspect in a negative way because humans are not disease widgets that need just in time attentions of a mechanized system of delivery that weaponized profit making over good health outcomes.

Moreover I learned that on all levels my ideas about health care and how I accessed it were grounded and lensed in the for profit model.

And so too is this podcast’s framework and lens intrinsically tied to the for profit model in its unexamined bias and editorial choices that rely on anecdotal evidence of “the cost of human suffering” to drive the narrative.

Until we as Americans examine “what is”... that we see basically everything as a marketplace to our own detriment- we’re gonna just have more of the same. And no matter how groundbreaking the discussion is- it will be rendered moot.

Health care is a commodity in America not a human right. Yes, medical care has a “price” and billions of other humans planet wide have figured out how to provide for each other because they do not see the overarching need to make profit from medicine.

mayomike1 ,

Looks good

Looking forward to this hopefully y’all keep this going

kh3425 ,

Uninformed and wrong

Uninformed and wrong podcast. Never gets into personal responsibility. Admits that the problems with insurance only started because of government interference and socialist actions but thinks that more socialism is the answer!

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