The Cost of Care

The Cost of Care

The Cost of Care

CATEGORY: Health & Fitness
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 world and provide solutions to fix it, together.
  1. December 23, 2021
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    Breaking the Cycle of Generational Trauma with Billie Lourd
    As a holiday bonus, the team at The Cost of Care wanted to share one of their favorite podcasts of 2021 with you.  New Day from Lemonada Media is a podcast with a simple goal - helping you get through the day a…
  2. November 03, 2021
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    Listen to This: Here Lies Me
    Middle school will bury you. Or at least that’s how it feels to 13-year-old Noa as she endures the horrors of periods, crushes, eighth grade and... murder. Written by award-winning podcaster Hillary Frank, Here…
  3. October 21, 2021
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    Listen to This: Believe Her
    Believe Her is true crime, upside down. In September 2017, young mom Nikki Addimando shot and killed her partner, Chris Grover. She was sentenced to nineteen years to life in prison for murder. Through rare acc…
  4. September 15, 2021
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    Listen to This: New Day
    Every week on New Day, we’ll find one new way to make life a little better. So many of us are suffering in silence. Maybe you're successful but miserable at work. Perhaps you have the perfect family on Instagra…
  5. August 30, 2021
    46 min
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    David Smith Revisits Last Day S1 Ep 3: And Now, We Rewind the Tape
    Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. Fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll o…
  6. August 03, 2021
    14 min
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    Listen to This: Good Grief
    It’s a fact: death is inevitable, and so is grief. It can stop us in our tracks, regardless of the amount of time that's passed. Good Grief is a six-part, sixty-minute binge of true, short stories that immerse…
  7. July 14, 2021
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    Listen to This: Written Off
    Walter Thompson-Hernández speaks with formerly incarcerated young writers whose work will be read over the course of the season by creatives like John Legend, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Karamo Brown, Jay Ellis, Kek…
  8. June 16, 2021
    22 min
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    Introducing In the Bubble: Our Shot
    Andy Slavitt, President Biden’s Senior Advisor on COVID-19, is back from the White House to his chair on the award-winning In the Bubble podcast. Just as he took us through the pandemic, this 10-week series cal…
  9. June 10, 2021
    36 min
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    10. Pro Tips on Fighting the System
    In the final episode of the season, David highlights pro tips from the experts themselves: patient advocates Linda Michelson and AnnMarie McIlwain. Dr. David Blumenthal of The Commonwealth Fund joins to shine t…
  10. June 03, 2021
    43 min
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    9. We Asked, You Replied: Listener Submissions Special
    From the start of our show, we’ve asked listeners to share stories about navigating the American health care system. Today, David talks with those of you who have had to fight for health care in order to manage…
  11. May 27, 2021
    41 min
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    8. Medical Jargon is Killing Us
    Medical jargon is a thing of the past and health literacy is now en vogue – and can actually save patients’ lives according to our guest, Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick. We're also joined by Dr. Venice Haynes and Natalie…
  12. May 20, 2021
    38 min
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    7. Why Kidney Failure Pays
    America’s relationship with Dialysis is out of control. Roughly 1% of the entire federal budget is spent treating people with kidney failure. That’s billions of dollars devoted to treating one preventable illne…
  13. May 13, 2021
    35 min
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    6. What’s Missing in Maternal Health?
    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 nurser…
  14. May 06, 2021
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    5. Burnout: The Vicious Cycle
    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”…
  15. April 29, 2021
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    4. The Million Dollar Baby
    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 t…
  16. April 22, 2021
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    3. Upcoded: You’re Never Done Paying
    This week, we’re talking about upcoding, and how it can lead to $11,000 COVID tests, $629 bandaids, and mothers waiting within sprinting distance to the hospital. America has some of the best doctors and hospit…
  17. April 15, 2021
    38 min
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    2. Sickness = Profit
    Unpredictable chaos adds up to something over time. That’s David Smith’s story, and it’s also the origin story behind our broken health care system. This week, we explore why sickness pays and health doesn’t, a…
  18. April 15, 2021
    41 min
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    1. The Doomsday Clock
    David Smith watched as chronic pain and addiction transformed his loving father into a vengeful man who was unrecognizable. David has spent a lifetime trying to outrun his father’s fate - but now he’s looking f…
  19. March 29, 2021
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    Introducing The Cost of Care
    Trying to navigate the American healthcare system as a patient is a high-stakes game. One wrong move can leave you ruined. Starting April 15th, host David Smith speaks with people crushed by one of the most exp…

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