13 min

S1, Ep 2- Bipartisan Healthcare: Policy or Pipedream‪?‬ Healthcare Matters

    • Medicine

In this episode, we look at how the federal government can work in a bipartisan manner to improve our healthcare system. 

“Bipartisan initiatives are extremely important in healthcare because, at the end of the day, no physician, patient chart, hospital admissions record ever asks you about your political platform before you get treatment. And I truly believe that there is a bipartisan opportunity here. Patients are waiting and we need to help them out. They can no longer go on the way things are currently set up," says Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Among the highlights in this episode: 

2:08 - President Biden's framework to reduce drug costs 

3:11 - Why is bipartisan healthcare policy so difficult to achieve? 

6:11- Robert’s study of medicare money going directly to the patient

7:13 - Is there a bipartisan model to improve healthcare? 

8:43- The problem with pharmaceuticals

9:49 - Holding pharmacy benefit managers and the insurers accountable for out of pocket patient costs

10:49 - Robert and Conner’s big takeaways from this episode

Contact our hosts: 

Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at GHLF rpopovian@ghlf.org 

Conner Mertens, Patient Advocate and Community Outreach Manager at GHLF cmertens@ghlf.org 

We want to hear what you think. Send your comments, or a video or audio clip of yourself to Healthcarematters@GHLF.org.

Listen to all episodes of Healthcare Matters on your favorite podcast channel.

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

In this episode, we look at how the federal government can work in a bipartisan manner to improve our healthcare system. 

“Bipartisan initiatives are extremely important in healthcare because, at the end of the day, no physician, patient chart, hospital admissions record ever asks you about your political platform before you get treatment. And I truly believe that there is a bipartisan opportunity here. Patients are waiting and we need to help them out. They can no longer go on the way things are currently set up," says Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Among the highlights in this episode: 

2:08 - President Biden's framework to reduce drug costs 

3:11 - Why is bipartisan healthcare policy so difficult to achieve? 

6:11- Robert’s study of medicare money going directly to the patient

7:13 - Is there a bipartisan model to improve healthcare? 

8:43- The problem with pharmaceuticals

9:49 - Holding pharmacy benefit managers and the insurers accountable for out of pocket patient costs

10:49 - Robert and Conner’s big takeaways from this episode

Contact our hosts: 

Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at GHLF rpopovian@ghlf.org 

Conner Mertens, Patient Advocate and Community Outreach Manager at GHLF cmertens@ghlf.org 

We want to hear what you think. Send your comments, or a video or audio clip of yourself to Healthcarematters@GHLF.org.

Listen to all episodes of Healthcare Matters on your favorite podcast channel.

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

13 min