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The Dose is a podcast to help you make sense of current issues in health care. Every other Friday, join Shanoor Seervai in conversation with leading health policy experts to break down complicated questions that shape the way Americans experience health care in their daily lives. Produced by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation dedicated to health care for everyone.

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The Dose is a podcast to help you make sense of current issues in health care. Every other Friday, join Shanoor Seervai in conversation with leading health policy experts to break down complicated questions that shape the way Americans experience health care in their daily lives. Produced by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation dedicated to health care for everyone.

    COVID-19: What We Know, and What We Don't

    COVID-19: What We Know, and What We Don't

    The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking unprecedented havoc around the globe. So many of us are searching for information to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe – but how do we know whom to trust?
    On this episode of The Dose, the Commonwealth Fund’s Eric Schneider, M.D., helps us make sense of what we know about COVID-19 so far:
    We know physical distancing works, even though it is challenging to adapt to this new way of living We don’t know how long we’ll have to adapt –so Dr. Schneider, offers some strategies on how to cope with the unknown.

    • 24 min
    'A Monumental Effort': How Obamacare Was Passed

    'A Monumental Effort': How Obamacare Was Passed

    Ten years ago, it took a monumental effort to pass the ACA, or Obamacare. As a result, today, no American is denied health insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition, and 20 million people who previously lacked coverage now have it.
    On this episode of The Dose, The Commonwealth Fund’s Liz Fowler, who was one of the key architects of Obamacare, talks about the behind-the-scenes effort it took to get the law passed.

    • 21 min
    Coronavirus Reveals Flaws in the U.S. Health System

    Coronavirus Reveals Flaws in the U.S. Health System

    Fear of a coronavirus epidemic is rippling through the country faster than the disease is spreading – and the U.S. health care system may be unprepared to deal with the crisis.
    On this episode of The Dose, The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, M.D., and Sara Collins, break down how gaps in our health system are placing the entire population at risk in the current outbreak.
    People who worry they are sick with the COVID-19 virus need to seek immediate medical care. But in the U.S., 30 million people don’t have health insurance. Another 44 million have such bare-bones coverage that they are always worried about the costs of getting care.
    While Medicaid has come to the rescue in past catastrophes like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, recent changes to the program mean that millions of Americans living in poverty may not be able to access needed care.

    • 22 min
    ‘Mom, I have HIV but don't worry about me’: How One City Is Trying to Eliminate HIV

    ‘Mom, I have HIV but don't worry about me’: How One City Is Trying to Eliminate HIV

    Nearly 700,000 Americans have died of AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic in the 1980s, and more than 1.1 million are living with HIV today.
    Advances in medical science have provided people with access to highly effective treatments for HIV. But is it possible to eliminate the disease altogether?
    Some cities are trying. On this episode of The Dose, Grant Colfax and Susan Buchbinder of San Francisco's public health department talk about how the city is trying to eliminate HIV.
    Through a range of projects, from increasing the uptake of preventive medicine to running mobile clinics to serve hard-to-reach patients, the city is making progress toward its goal of getting to zero HIV infections, deaths, and stigma.

    • 18 min
    What Happens When Young People Can’t Access Reproductive Health Care?

    What Happens When Young People Can’t Access Reproductive Health Care?

    More than 800 women die each day from complications related to pregnancy across the globe. Some of them bleed to death. Some of them develop infections or severe life-long medical conditions because they are delivering their babies in unsafe environments.
    Many of these deaths could be prevented if more young people had access to birth control and other reproductive health care. Pathfinder International is a non-profit working with communities in 20 countries to make this a reality.
    On this episode of The Dose, Pathfinder’s CEO, Lois Quam, recounts some of the stories she has heard, firsthand, from young people around the world. Lois tells host Shanoor Seervai about the challenges people face when they are unable to decide whether and when to have children – and how their lives change if they are able to make this choice.

    • 26 min
    What’s Missing From the Debate About Controlling Drug Costs?

    What’s Missing From the Debate About Controlling Drug Costs?

    Prescription medicines have become so expensive in the United States that we've reached a point where four in five Americans think drug prices are unreasonable. While political leaders have certainly taken notice, what are they doing to solve the problem?
    On the latest episode of The Dose, host Shanoor Seervai sits down with the Commonwealth Fund’s Lovisa Gustafsson to talk about how drugs could be made more affordable for those who bear the brunt of high prices – ordinary Americans.
    Gustafsson believes some important issues are missing from the drug pricing debate, including a broken patent system, high launch prices, and the lack of cheaper medical treatments.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

SarahL022 ,

Ok

Interesting content but the delivery is really rigid - would be much more engaging as a fluid conversation. As it is, feels like a Q&A that follows a strict question list and doesn’t adapt based on responses. Also agree with other reviewers that anyone choosing to listen to a podcast like this probably has a basic knowledge of health care/policy so basic terms and concepts don’t need to be explained.

Dan41119 ,

Pretty Good

I work in healthcare management and was pleased to see a podcast dedicated to policy and management. The content is good, timely, and knowledgeably covered. I would say that the interviews feel choppy, as if the questions and answers were prerecorded separately, then later cut together. I am not sure the control you can have on this, but I also found this podcast to be much quieter than others - I am in my 30s, turn my phone and car volume to max, and can still have trouble hearing some parts. Thanks for this podcast. Keep it up!

stripedwater ,

Ok intro to UHC

I was thrilled to see a podcast from The Commonwealth Fund, but find that this series seems to be aimed at those which minimal knowledge of other healthcare systems. These episodes are quite basic introductions to other countries’ systems, without much direction or differentiation from episode to episode. I love Pulsecheck (from Politico) and was hoping this new Pod would strike a similar balance of educating newbies and wonks alike!

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