The Cost Of Healthcare in America

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MigrationMedia

Creation Date March 17th, 2020
Updated Date Updated November 27th, 2020
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Why is healthcare in America so expensive? These episodes dive into the reasons why, look at how other countries control their costs & explore how the U.S. might follow suit.
  1. The battle over Republican Senators' most recent attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act dominated the media this week, and seemingly at all hours of the day. We take a look at a few players in the saga, from the putative mav
  2. How could an ER visit in which a patient receives nothing more than a Band-Aid cost $629? Sarah Kliff, a health policy reporter for 'Vox,' spent over a year reading ER bills and investigating the reasons behind the high costs. Emergency rooms h
  3. Why are medical bills so hard to read? How is the consolidation of hospitals affecting the price of care? Why is it that more competition in the pharmaceutical industry drives prices up rather than down? Journalist (and former physician) Elisab
  4. Americans spend more on healthcare than people in other high-income countries, and it's not because we use more of it.
  5. Dylan Scott and special guest Sarah Kliff join Matt for a close look at health care in Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands. Recommended reading: "Everybody Covered" by Dylan Scott, Ezra Klein, and Tara Golshan, Vox "Taiwan’s single-payer suc
  6. I filled a prescription recently, and the drugstore said they wanted more than 700 bucks… for an old-line generic drug. My insurance ended up knocking that down, but it was WEIRD. And it meant a big homework assignment for me.Luckily, I got hel
  7. We chronicle the epic struggle to get drugs that treat very rare diseases on the market, and the unintended consequence of that fight, which affected the cost of all kinds of drugs. This is a strange story that involves a hit 70s TV show, a fak
  8. The price of insulin is iconic — doubling, tripling, multiplying like crazy, for medicine Type 1 diabetics can’t live without.To understand it, we went back almost 100 years and dug up a story of sweaty Canadian researchers — swatting away flie

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