Archive for the ‘Health economics’ Category

Government seeks to improve patient access to records   Leave a comment

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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

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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

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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

Your Organs, Please   Leave a comment

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Summary: The Planet Money team investigates organ donation and how it has become more popular over time.

Original Air Date: October 30, 2015

Length: 19 minutes 48 seconds

Kenneth Feinberg on placing a value on life   Leave a comment


Summary: Kenneth Feinberg discusses the reality of compensating families of victims of horrific tragedies. He advises we all plan for tomorrow.

Original Air Date: March 27, 2015

Length: 3 minutes 35 seconds

One Key Thing No One Knows About Obamacare   Leave a comment


Summary: No one really knows who will sign up for the Affordable Health Care Plan (Obamacare) once it gets introduced. One potential risk of the program is that it will enter the insurance “death spiral,” or the inability for the program to attract healthy people. This could cause insurance premiums to skyrocket causing the whole system to fall apart.

Original Air Date: September 30, 2013

Length: 3 min

Will a Health Insurer Sponsor the Next Jackass Movie?   Leave a comment

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Summary: As the health insurance market prepares for the changes brought about by implementation of Affordable Care Act, this podcast considers how insurance companies might begin to target their new consumers. Considers marketing and branding strategies as well as how insurers might think about using incentive schemes to retain customers.

Length: 4:04 min

Original air date: July 12, 2013

Why Doesn’t Everybody Buy Cheap, Generic Headache Medicine?   Leave a comment

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Summary: A consideration of consumers’ tendency to purchase more expensive name brands rather than identical generics.  Includes discussion of education as a contributing factor to likelihood to purchase generics. Includes one consumer’s belief that there is rational ignorance in his decision to just buy the brand name.

Length: 4:29 min

Original air date: July 4, 2013

Is America’s Obesity for Real?   3 comments



Summary: The obesity crisis in America has economists, politicians and healthcare professionals debating the causes and hidden costs of overeating. This podcast considers the moral and political arguments surrounding this growing concern.

Original Air Date: February 26, 2010

Length: 22 minutes

Does Medicaid Actually Help People?   Leave a comment


Summary: NPR interviews Katherine Baicker, a health economist at Harvard University to discuss questions concerning the efficiency of Medicaid in relation to its cost and implementation.

Original air date: June 15, 2012

Length: 14:38 min