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America's already costly and complicated health care system is facing an enormous new burden, as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Fighting this virus and fixing the flaws it has revealed in our health care system will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.

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America's already costly and complicated health care system is facing an enormous new burden, as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Fighting this virus and fixing the flaws it has revealed in our health care system will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.

    Losing a Hospital

    Losing a Hospital

    More than 130 hospitals have closed in rural America over the last decade. Reporter Sarah Jane Tribble spent a year embedded in one small Kansas town as they dealt with their own hospital closure.
     
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    Biden's $400 Billion Bet on Caring for Older and Disabled Americans at Home

    Biden's $400 Billion Bet on Caring for Older and Disabled Americans at Home

    President Biden wants to spend $400 billion to help older and disabled Americans get health care at home as part of his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, a huge investment in an often neglected part of the health care system.
     
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    A New Era of Gun Violence Research

    A New Era of Gun Violence Research

    As gun violence surges, researchers are using new federal funding to search for solutions.
     
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    No Simple Answers: A COVID Q&A With NYT's Apoorva Mandavilli

    No Simple Answers: A COVID Q&A With NYT's Apoorva Mandavilli

    We sit down with one of the top pandemic reporters in the country to answer to answer listener questions.


    Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, Science and Global Health Reporter, New York Times


    NOTE: This episode incorrectly states that more than 125 million people had received vaccinations at the time the episode aired. More than 125 million doses had been administered, but fewer than 90 million people had received at least one dose.


    Read a full transcript of this episode on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/03/25/no-simple-answers-a-covid-qa-with-nyts-apoorva-mandavilli/


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    One Community Health Center’s COVID Recovery

    One Community Health Center’s COVID Recovery

    One year ago, a community health center in Boston told us how COVID had wreaked havoc on their budget, staff and patient care. How are they doing now?


    Guest: 
    Chuck Jones, MBA, President and CEO, Harbor Health


    For more of this and our previous conversations with Jones: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/03/18/one-community-health-centers-covid-recovery


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    How Will Biden’s Fix for Child Poverty Affect Kids’ Health?

    How Will Biden’s Fix for Child Poverty Affect Kids’ Health?

    The recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act includes a sweeping expansion of the child tax credit, a policy change that could protect millions of kids from poverty—and the health risks that come with it.


    Guests:
    Deborah Frank, MD, Founding Director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (retired); Professor of Child Health and Well-Being (retired), Boston University School of Medicine; and Founder and Principal Investigator, Children’s HealthWatch
    Juell Frazier, advocate and health services professional
    Tara Hayes, MPP, Director of Human Welfare Policy, American Action Forum
    Hilary Hoynes, PhD, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of California Berkeley
    Chuck Marr, MBA, Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


    For more information on this topic: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/03/11/how-will-bidens-fix-for-child-poverty-affect-kids-health/


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
269 Ratings

269 Ratings

LadyLanza ,

Just started listening

I discovered this podcast on the NPR One app, and have heard 2 eps. I’m really impressed by the depth of the conversation and the pace of the host’s delivery. I especially liked the ep from April 1 about a New Era of Gun Violence Research. The interviews were striking and opened up a whole new perspective for me. Keep it up!

NPRRULES ,

So needed

Been waiting for a long form platform that dives into the nuances, conflicting incentives and institutionalized barriers to change that are so difficult to resolve in our healthcare system, presented in an accessible, “human” way. Love it; pls keep going!

Willow Reed ,

Always Relevant Topics

Talks about key information every time

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