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America's costly and complicated health care system faces an enormous burden: fixing the flaws the pandemic has revealed in our health care system. Addressing these flaws 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 costly and complicated health care system faces an enormous burden: fixing the flaws the pandemic has revealed in our health care system. Addressing these flaws 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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    Can More Time on Medicaid Lower Maternal Deaths?

    Can More Time on Medicaid Lower Maternal Deaths?

    The country’s high rates of pregnancy-related deaths and complications, and the potential impact Biden’s push to expand Medicaid coverage for pregnant people may have.
    Guests:
    Stacey Roussel, Deputy Director, Louisiana Budget Project
    Frankie Robertson, Founder & President, The Amandla Group
    Usha Ranji, Associate Director for Women’s Health Policy at Kaiser Family Foundation
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    • 19 min
    Fixing the Obamacare 'Glitch' That Pushed One Couple to Divorce

    Fixing the Obamacare 'Glitch' That Pushed One Couple to Divorce

    The Biden administration is trying to close a gap in the Affordable Care Act that blocks 5 million people from getting affordable health care.
    Guests: 
    Liana Wolk, teacher
    Owen Marshall, musician
    Katie Keith, JD, MPH; Director, Health Policy and the Law Initiative at the O’Neill Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center.
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    • 21 min
    Presenting Color Code: Dismantling Medical Racism Starts in the Classroom

    Presenting Color Code: Dismantling Medical Racism Starts in the Classroom

    Medical education is in the midst of a revolution. Students and educators want their education ingrained in antiracism and hope that by acknowledging and teaching about bias and systemic discrimination in the medical field, the next generation of doctors will be better equipped to dismantle racism within health care. STAT's “Color Code” takes a look at the groundswell of antiracism work in medicine and medical education, and explores the backlash these endeavors have received, which span from institutional repercussions to protests from hate groups
    Guests:
    Jerrel Catlett: An MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 
    Rebecca Zhou: A peer in medical school at Mt. Sinai.
    Jennifer Dias: An MD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
    Michelle Morse: Chief Medical Officer of the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene.
    Aysha Khoury: Assistant Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
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    • 32 min
    How One Doctor Is Prepping for a World Without Roe

    How One Doctor Is Prepping for a World Without Roe

    We talk with a Michigan OB-GYN determined to make sure her hospital is ready if abortion becomes illegal in her state.
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    • 14 min
    Too Healthy for the Hospital, Too Sick for the Streets

    Too Healthy for the Hospital, Too Sick for the Streets

    Why are a growing number of private insurance companies starting to invest in medical respite — a decades-old idea to care for homeless people who are too healthy to be in the hospital, but too sick to be on the streets?
    Guests:
    Henry Jones, former medical respite patient
    Janelle Goetcheus, MD, Founder and Medical Director, Christ House
    Julia Dobbins, MSW, Director of Medical Respite, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
    Jack Kline, LICSW, LCSW-C, Former Executive Program Director, Hope Has A Home
    Karyn Wills, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareFirst Blue Cross Community Health Plan, DC
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    • 20 min
    The Sky-High Price of Insulin and What Lawmakers Are Trying to Do About It

    The Sky-High Price of Insulin and What Lawmakers Are Trying to Do About It

    We explore the high cost of insulin in the U.S. and Congress’ latest push to address those prices with Kaiser Health News reporter Bram Sable-Smith.
    Guest:
    Bram Sable-Smith, Midwest Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
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    • 18 min

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Scripted by the pharmaceutical industry

I am a practicing physician. I listened to this podcast hoping to learn more about the waste and inefficiencies in the Medicare system. Instead, this podcast sounded more like the problem than the solution. It was scripted and narrated like a thinly disguised infomercial for the pharmaceutical industry. Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible problem for which we already have several inexpensive drugs that do next to nothing. How can it be argued that we now need Medicare to cover a new extremely expensive drug that so far has not even been proven to produce clinical outcomes any better than what we have already?!

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Why we can’t have nice things

Thanks to Medicare Advantage, elderly patients can save thousands of dollars a year and obtain some of the best coverage in the country across all age groups. But there are many customizations available, and picking one requires spending 1.5 hour on the phone with bad waiting music once every few years. So really, Medicare Advantage is terrible.

This is the angle presented by this podcast. Not a bad podcast, just one that hates patients saving money and having options.

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