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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.

    On the Job in the ICU

    On the Job in the ICU

    As medical interns step into their new roles as doctors, one resident gives us a window into her experiences in a COVID ICU.


    Guest: Tamar Pounardjian, Resident, Brown Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency Program


    Read a transcript of this episode: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/07/30/life-in-the-icu/


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    And stay on top of all our coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and our conversations with people who are being forced to make difficult decisions in the midst of it all, visit http://bit.ly/coronavirustradeoffs.
     
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    • 10 min
    Meeting the Mental Health Need

    Meeting the Mental Health Need

    Soaring numbers of Americans are feeling anxious, stressed and depressed. Could a reimagined approach to primary care help meet their needs?


    Eboni Winford, PhD, Director of Research and Health Equity, Cherokee Health Systems
    Parinda Khatri, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cherokee Health Systems
    Sandy Blount, EdD, Founding Director, Center for Integrated Primary Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Richard Frank, PhD, Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Harvard Medical School
    Robert, Patient, Cherokee Health Systems


    Dig deeper into the research and tradeoffs of integrated care on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/07/28/meeting-the-mental-health-need/


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    And to stay on top of all our coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and our conversations with people who are being forced to make difficult decisions in the midst of it all, visit http://bit.ly/coronavirustradeoffs.
     
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    • 25 min
    Summer Concerns

    Summer Concerns

    Five months into the global pandemic and with just over 100 days before the general election, we check in with the latest polling on how voters are feeling about health care in the U.S.


    Guest:


    Ashley Kirzinger, Associate Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation


    Read the transcript and see charts detailing the latest polling from KFF on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/07/23/summer-concerns/


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    And stay on top of all our coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and our conversations with people who are being forced to make difficult decisions in the midst of it all, visit http://bit.ly/coronavirustradeoffs.
     
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    • 12 min
    Listener Mailbag: Your COVID-19 Questions Answered

    Listener Mailbag: Your COVID-19 Questions Answered

    Will this be the end of fee-for-service? How should we price a COVID-19 vaccine? Bapu Jena and Sayeh Nikpay answer audience questions about the pandemic.


    Guests:


    Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Health Policy, Vanderbilt University
    Bapu Jena, MD, PhD, Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital


    Read a transcript of the episode on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/07/21/listener-mailbag/


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    And stay on top of all our coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and our conversations with people who are being forced to make difficult decisions in the midst of it all, visit http://bit.ly/coronavirustradeoffs.
     
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    • 15 min
    Taking the Pulse of Insurers

    Taking the Pulse of Insurers

    Insurers have been on strong financial footing during the pandemic while doctors, hospitals and consumers have not been as lucky. Two researchers give us a behind the scenes looks at what insurers have experienced these past four months.


    Guest,
    Linda Blumberg, Fellow, Urban Institute 
    Kevin Lucia, Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
    For more from Dan’s conversation with Linda and Kevin, https://tradeoffs.org/2020/07/16/taking-the-pulse-of-insurers/


    And stay on top of all our coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and our conversations with people who are being forced to make difficult decisions in the midst of it all, visit http://bit.ly/coronavirustradeoffs.
     
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    • 12 min
    Core to Who I Am

    Core to Who I Am

    The Trump administration recently rolled back some federal protections for transgender patients. We look at the fight to secure health care for trans Americans and explore the extent to which policies designed to expand access have delivered on their promise.


    Guests:


    Kellan Baker, PhD, Centennial Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Melvin Whitehead, PhD, Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration, Binghamton University
    Katie Keith, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
    Taylor Brown, Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project


    Read a transcript of the episode, see maps of which states offer legal protections to transgender patients, and more on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/07/14/core-to-who-i-am/
     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
226 Ratings

226 Ratings

Willow Reed ,

Always Relevant Topics

Talks about key information every time

Adam Loewer ,

Some facts, some half-truths. I’m not even Republican, but the left-wing bias is hard to ignore.

Some episodes have good content, but any topic on public policy flows like this:
1) Some people are being harmed by X
2) This policy that Democrats like will help
3) Republicans block it because they’re mean

Maybe Republicans believe policy X is harmful or counter-productive? There are important TRADEOFFS with these policies. Finding articulate individuals to represent and make each argument would be more successful if enlightenment and progress is the goal. If promoting an agenda is the goal, then never mind.

Mike Eugene ,

Too status quo

So far I’ve seen very little risk taking from this podcast. I am a nurse and politics major before that. The economics of healthcare is despicable. Can you please cover issues like uncompensated care, How this leads to kickbacks for insurance companies and hospitals. How insurance companies arrive at the discount rate, how that relates to reimbursements. And how hospitals have massive advertising budgets, Are building huge buildings, Wasting a ton of equipment in every hospital floor, yet pleading poverty to those that work for it. And who are those that are fighting against the single-payer system, name and shame. You have a real platform here please don’t tow the line, go out on a limb. Healthcare needs it

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