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Lemonada Media
The Cost of Care
What's your life worth? Healthcare in the United States can bankrupt you, demoralize you—or actually kill you. Healthcare economist David Smith grew up in a Mormon community in Utah, and lost his father, sister, and brother to the same deadly epidemic. He’s spent his career exploring whether their deaths were preventable and how we can make health a priority for everyone. On The Cost of Care, David and his guests – patients, medical experts, and policy makers – reveal how the wealthiest nation on earth ended up with one of the most expensive, worst-performing health care systems in the...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.1 stars from 300 ratings
Value Based myth
Excellent podcast about an complex broken system. I will take issue with the idea that the outcomes based payment models described in episode 5 may be a 'long fix' solution to the Fee for Service model. Having worked in primary care with this 'new and improved model', it does...Read full review »
RorShoe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/21
Outstanding reporting!
This might be one of the best podcasts I have listened to thus far. Wonderful reporting, insightful stories and deep perspective. I recently went through receiving a medical bill of 16k expenses billed via a less than two hour cardiologist visit for one of my teens. I fought and fought and lost....Read full review »
Bednets via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/02/21
Dare we be hopeful?
This is such a hot button topic for me having had a few nightmare billing situations, I was hesitant to listen concerned it would trigger strong feelings back to the surface. Convincing myself to try the first two episodes, I now look forward to the next one each week. Appreciate the case...Read full review »
CLD927 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/02/21
Recent Episodes
The complications started around week 18 of Marquisse Watson’s pregnancy. Six weeks later, her baby girl Alana was born premature. Marquisse and her husband Antwon had bought the baby clothes, gotten the nursery ready… but Alana passed away 36 hours after she was born. This week, we talk to...
Published 05/13/21
The healthcare system is basically a lucrative game of tug-of-war among players – and the winner reaps a trillion dollar pot of gold. But is it a fair game? David explores the monstrous “fee-for service system” with Dr. Vivian Lee. Then, Dr. Jill Gross joins David to explore how the results can...
Published 05/06/21
Lauren Bard’s little girl, Sadie, had a 50/50 chance of survival when she was born 14 weeks premature. Luckily, Lauren is a nurse at Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital, so she had good insurance and knew how to protect herself...or so she thought. Instead, she ended up with a $1.7 million dollar...
Published 04/29/21
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