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There are no silver bullets in health care. Economists, physicians and researchers are on the record saying that even the most well-intentioned plans to fix issues like unaffordable insurance, high prescription drug prices and inequitable care for marginalized patients carry risk and unintended consequences.

Tradeoffs examines research, outlines policy pros and cons and chronicles how policy impacts spending and people with the mission of helping folks on Main Street, Wall Street and Capitol Hill have smarter, more honest conversations about health policy.

Hosted by long time public radio reporter Dan Gorenstein (Marketplace, NHPR), Tradeoffs is a weekly podcast that tells intellectually engaging, emotionally resonant stories about the complicated, costly and often counterintuitive world of health care. Dan is available for ME/ATC two-ways about any of the topics we cover.




Caption: Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick believes plainspoken information from trusted messengers can help shrink health disparities, and some insurers are buying in., Credit: Ryan Levi
Black Americans report higher levels of mistrust in the health care system than white Americans and suffer worse outcomes in everything from matern...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2023
  • Length: 20:23
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After 20 years, Humira – the best selling drug of all time – is finally facing direct competition. Typically, once generic drugs arrive on a market...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2023
  • Length: 18:07
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A congressional ban on removing anyone from Medicaid will expire early next year. What will happen to people who lose their coverage, and how are s...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2023
  • Length: 18:50
Caption: Therese Humphrey Ball has struggled to afford her multiple sclerosis medications since her diagnosis in 2003., Credit: Jamie Kelter Davis for Tradeoffs
An overhaul of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit will lower costs for seniors while changing incentives for insurers and drugmakers.

  • Added: Oct 28, 2022
  • Length: 19:19
Caption: The career ladder at her home health agency allowed Serena Maria to go from home health aide to manager of care teams in four years., Credit: Constanza Hevia H. for Tradeoffs
There’s a severe shortage of people to care for older Americans in their homes and nursing facilities. And it’s only expected to get worse. Could ...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2022
  • Length: 21:23
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Debates in state capitols over how to fill gaps in the country's COVID-weary health workforce are reigniting long-standing turf wars among professi...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 18:42
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A federal rule requires providers to start giving patients easier access to much more of their health care data, but it’s fraught with implementati...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2022
  • Length: 16:55
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Initial screenings for breast, lung, cervical cancer are free, but expensive secondary tests can leave patients in screening purgatory.

  • Added: Sep 30, 2022
  • Length: 14:24
Caption: Dale Stout is one of the first people to benefit from the additional housing supports in California’s new Medicaid initiative, CalAIM. , Credit: Ryan Levi
California is in the early days of one of the most ambitious initiatives ever to address Medicaid patients’ social needs in hopes of improving thei...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2022
  • Length: 30:48
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In Part 3 of our special series on 988, we go on the ground to hear from individuals working in their communities to prepare for America’s new ment...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2022
  • Length: 21:29
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