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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.

    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
    “Not on Banker’s Hours”: How Primary Care Differs in the Netherlands and the U.S.

    “Not on Banker’s Hours”: How Primary Care Differs in the Netherlands and the U.S.

    Primary care is the bedrock of a health care system that works. For most people, seeing a doctor regularly can help prevent small medical concerns from turning into full-blown emergencies.
    On this episode of The Dose podcast, we hear from Los Angeles Times reporter Noam Levey, who recently wrote about the differences between the primary care systems in the United States and the Netherlands through the eyes of two doctors, one working in each country.

    • 18 min
    Why Do Some Countries Do More C-Sections than Others?

    Why Do Some Countries Do More C-Sections than Others?

    A cesarean section can be a life-saving procedure for a woman with a complicated pregnancy – but in some countries, too many women deliver by c-section, even when it isn’t necessary. In other countries, women can’t get a c-section when they need it.
    Why does this huge difference persist?
    On this episode of The Dose, Pierre Barker, who heads global partnerships at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, explains why some countries have a much higher c-section rate than others. Pierre and his colleagues use a method called quality improvement to change the approach taken by health care systems around the world when it comes to c-sections.

    • 27 min
    Everything You Need to Know About Health Care in 2019

    Everything You Need to Know About Health Care in 2019

    Health care was front and center for the American public in 2019 – and with good reason. It’s one of the top issues voters are worried about going into the 2020 election.
    On this episode of The Dose, David Blumenthal, M.D. and Shanoor Seervai review some of the big health care developments of the year, including the Democratic presidential candidates’ health reform plans, legislative activity around drug costs and surprise bills, and Silicon Valley’s growing interest in care delivery.

    • 23 min
    How Medicaid Can Help Solve America’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

    How Medicaid Can Help Solve America’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

    The number of women who die in the U.S. because of complications related to pregnancy is shockingly high – nearly 30 deaths for every 100,000 births each year. But some women die at higher rates than others: the maternal mortality rate for black women is three to four times higher than it is for white women.
    On this episode of The Dose, the Commonwealth Fund’s Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., and Akeiisa Coleman talk about one way to address this crisis: Medicaid, which pays for nearly half the 4 million births in the U.S. each year. States have a real opportunity, they say, to take innovative steps to improve the care pregnant women and new mothers receive through their Medicaid programs.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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!

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.

Wjohnson27 ,

Insightful and helpful

Well-produced and insightful analysis with global perspectives on health policy.

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