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Our health care system is capable of both modern miracles and appalling failures. What should we do to make the system better and what can you do to makes sure you’re getting the best health care possible? Steve breaks it down with experts from the trenches. Join us to find out about making a healthier medical system and for a healthier you.

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Our health care system is capable of both modern miracles and appalling failures. What should we do to make the system better and what can you do to makes sure you’re getting the best health care possible? Steve breaks it down with experts from the trenches. Join us to find out about making a healthier medical system and for a healthier you.

    Getting Better Health Care – Do it yourself ways to save money on health care

    Getting Better Health Care – Do it yourself ways to save money on health care

    Everyone is talking about the excessive cost of medical care, and people are proposing many top-down solutions. But you can start saving money on health care today, according to our guest Dr. Cynthia Koelker, Dr. Koelker is author of the book 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care. She points out that one of […]

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    Getting Better Health Care – Three simple questions

    Getting Better Health Care – Three simple questions

    On our show last week, we discussed a list of 20 tips to help you avoid medical errors. But who can remember 20 tips? One way is to create a checklist. Checklists help avoid errors. But there may be a simpler way to improve patient safety. The National Patient Safety Foundation has come out with […]

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    • 3 min
    Getting Better Health Care – 20 Tips To Help Prevent Medical Errors

    Getting Better Health Care – 20 Tips To Help Prevent Medical Errors

    The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) notes that one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients experience a medical error. That’s too many, despite the efforts of doctors and other health care provider to improve patient safety. If you are sick or hospitalized, there are many things you can do to avoid medical errors. […]

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    • 3 min
    Getting Better Health Care – Better ways to reform our health care system

    Getting Better Health Care – Better ways to reform our health care system

    University of Chicago Booth School of Business professor John Cochrane says, there is a “coherent free-market, deregulated alternative” to our current health care system, and that the “Affordable Care Act” isn’t the way to get there. Cochrane believes there are ways to assure that people with pre-existing conditions can get health care without the need […]

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    • 17 min
    Getting Better Health Care – Are drug coupon cards a good thing?

    Getting Better Health Care – Are drug coupon cards a good thing?

    The prices of some drugs are extraordinarily high. Patients may need those drugs but may find the high price, even just the copayment after insurance, to be unaffordable. What to do!? Drug company sponsored coupons that help cover the copayment can help rescue the situation. But are those coupons a good thing? The may increase […]

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    • 25 min
    Getting Better Health Care – Does corporate America have solutions for our health care insurance problems?

    Getting Better Health Care – Does corporate America have solutions for our health care insurance problems?

    In contrast to much of the rest of the U.S. economy, our health care system is a cobbled, poorly coordinated system. Health insurance is provided largely by government and by employers. Do employers, who have lots of experience with well working markets, have market-based solutions for health care problems? Our guest today is Helen Darling […]

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