Archive for the ‘Health economics’ Category

A Move in Healthcare by Amazon   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-morning-report/amazon-health-care-telemedicine-federal-reserve-interest-rates-covid-relief-money-fafsa/

Amazon is beginning its own telemedicine system this summer, allowing participating companies to see a nurse or doctor remotely. This marks a shift in the healthcare industry, as it is predicted that close to 60% of doctor’s visits will be done remotely following the Covid-19 pandemic.

This podcast also discusses The Federal Reserve Bank’s decision to keep interest rates low, fewer numbers of students filing for federal student aid, and remote work in the automobile industry.

Original Air Date: March 18, 2021

Length: 9 minutes and 7 seconds

An Uneven Vaccine Rollout Means an Uneven Economic Recovery   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace/an-uneven-vaccine-rollout-means-an-uneven-economic-recovery/

As vaccines begin to roll out there will be disparities between cities, states, and countries due to the fact that there are not enough vaccines to give out at once. The time differences between areas will have lasting effects on how economic growth takes place. This episode of Marketplace also discusses other issues facing the U.S. such as the number of women in the workforce and the terrible effects of gun-violence on children.

Original Air Date: April 5, 2021

Length: 27 minutes 29 seconds

What can governments and central banks do to protect the world economy in the face of covid-19?   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2020/03/03/what-can-governments-and-central-banks-do-to-protect-the-world-economy-in-the-face-of-covid-19

Central banks have cut interest rates in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Typically when something like this happens, interest rates rise and inflation occurs, but right now the exact opposite is happening. Sectors of the economy that are taking the hardest hit include tourism, cross boarder commerce, and oil.

Original Air Date: March 3, 2020

Length: 18 minutes 39 seconds

Discussion Prompt: How does this outbreak alter consumer expectations, and inevitably, their spending habits?

Discussion Prompt: What role, if any, does the government play in stabilizing the markets in instances such as this?

Medicine for the Economy   1 comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/815677688/episode-979-medicine-for-the-economy

Some economists believe the government should inject a monetary stimulus into the economy of hundred of millions, if not billions of dollars. Others believe our focus should be solely on the issue at hand: containing the Coronavirus. Economists discuss the importance of pushing funding into corona virus testing, paid sick days, and rebuilding after the public health issue is contained.

Original Air Date: March 13, 2020

Length: 25 minutes 17 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What is the role of the government in the economy in times of global health crises? Is a recession inevitable at this point, or are there ways the government can combat a sharp economic downturn?

How the Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene   Leave a comment

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Link: http://www.npr.org/2017/09/13/550607377/how-the-minimum-wage-affects-restaurant-hygiene

Summary: Cities across the U.S. have been making efforts to increase the minimum wage, which would impact restaurant workers. However, this move results to unexpected side effects due to the higher costs that restaurants will have to face, leading them to cut back on some services. This story discusses how the effects on increasing the minimum wage ties with the hygiene of restaurants and suggests potential steps that the restaurants can take to minimize their health violations.

Original Air Date: September 13, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 35 seconds

The Cheeseburger Diet   Leave a comment

pc-cheeseburger-dubner-burger-300x225Link: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-cheeseburger-diet-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: In response to the infamous documentary Super Size Me, one woman toured her local area in search for the best burger.  Shockingly, she didn’t gain a single pound despite eating two burgers a week.  Freakonomics discusses the surprising results.

Original Air Date: December 10, 2015

Length: 34 minutes 21 seconds

Discussion Question: What role does utility play in this situation? Will satisfaction of the second burger eaten  always be the same? Explain.

FTC fights against new strategy for delaying generics   Leave a comment

NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented opioid pain pill and heroin addiction epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/31/health-care/ftc-fights-against-new-strategy-delaying-generics

Summary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought an important case against ‘pay-for-delay schemes’, seeking to show that non-monetary deals between pharmaceutical companies inhibit the market from functioning properly. More importantly, they seek to demonstrate that these deals are illegal.

Original Air Date: April 1, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 10 seconds

Government seeks to improve patient access to records   Leave a comment

patient recordsLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/02/09/health-care/goverment-seeks-improve-paitient-access-records

Summary: Is providing access to medical records a regulatory burden or essential to streamlining healthcare? The Marketplace team looks at explicit and implicit costs of requesting medical information for both the patient and the healthcare provider.

Original Air Date: February 9, 2016

Length: 4 mins 8 seconds

The Chinese lake that’s ground zero for the bird flu   Leave a comment

chinese lakeLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/03/world/chinese-lake-has-become-ground-zero-bird-flu

Summary: Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate to China’s Poyang Lake each year, creating a breeding ground for the avian influenza virus. This virus has the ability to spread rapidly if wild birds connect with domestic birds found on farms within China. The implications this virus can have on human health, farmers, and the economy is deadly.

Original Air Date: March 30, 2016

Length: 5 minutes 16 seconds

Pay Patients, Save Money   Leave a comment

pay patientsLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/10/02/445371930/episode-655-pay-patients-save-money

Summary: The Planet Money team shines a light on a business that helps people save money on healthcare expenses in way similar to a travel agency that shows the prices of different flights and destinations.

Original Air Date: October 5, 2015

Length: 19 minutes 1 second