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Walgreens Chooses Private Exchanges for Employee Healthcare

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Drugstore giant Walgreens is making big changes to its workers' health care plan. Employees will now participate in what's called a "private exchange"—they will shop for their own healthcare on a public, online marketplace with different insurance companies offering different plans.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"After Tiller"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Martha Shane and Lana Wilson talk about their new documentary, “After Tiller,” which explores the subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. They’re joined by Dr. Susan Robinson, a former colleague of Dr. Tiller and one of only four doctors in the United States to perform the procedure. "After Tiller" opens September 20 at Film Forum and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

One Doctor

Monday, September 09, 2013

Dr. Brendan Reilly discusses dealing with daunting challenges of caring his patients at a renowned teaching hospital while also caring for his 90-year-old parents He  looks at the ways medicine has changed during his career, for both better and worse. His book One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine explores a fragmented, depersonal­ized, business-driven health-care system where real caring is hard to find.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Financial Warfare; "Wadjda"; Transgender Transformations; One Doctor on Changing Medicine

Monday, September 09, 2013

Juan Zarate, who crafted the government’s financial warfare tactics at both the Treasury and the White House, explains how the US government fights back against rogue regimes, criminal syndicates, and terrorists. Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour talks about her film, “Wadjda,” shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, despite severe restrictions. Film critic Molly Haskell on her brother’s decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of 60. And Dr. Brendan Reilly on his experiences on the front lines of our medical system and the ways medicine has changed over his career.

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New Legal Ruling Adds Novel Twist to LICH Closure

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Brooklyn judge is attempting to restore service at Long Island College Hospital by reversing its transfer, two years ago, from Continuum —a Manhattan-based hospital network—to the State University of New York. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Seeking Medical Care Overseas, at Lower Cost

Monday, August 12, 2013

Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about the high cost of hip and knee replacement surgery in the U.S., and the growing popularity of having surgery overseas. Her New York Times series, Paying Till It Hurts, is about the cost of medical care in the US. Her most recent articles are "In Need of a New Hip, but Priced Out of the U.S." and "The Growing Popularity of Having Surgery Overseas." She's joined by Michael Shopenn, who was the subject of her article.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Covering Crimes in Syria; a Slave Plantation on Long Island; Peter Gethers' Novel, Ask Bob; Traveling for Cheaper Health Care

Monday, August 12, 2013

Journalist Janine di Giovani talks about how rape is being used as a weapon of war by both sides in the Syrian conflict. We’ll look at Long Island’s Sylvester Manor, which was founded as a northern slave plantation more than 300 years ago. Peter Gethers talks about his novel, Ask Bob, about a veterinarian who should follow the advice he shares in his weekly newspaper column. And New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses the latest installment in her year-long series about the cost of health care in the US.

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Report Finds Home Health Care Workers Earning Poverty Wages

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The majority of the city's home health care aides are earning poverty or near poverty wages, according to a new report from the health care advocacy coalition Alliance for a Greater New York. The report finds 62 percent of those surveyed earn less than $25,000 a year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Is Childbirth So Expensive in the United States?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Weigh in: Did you have unexpected costs for maternal care? What was your experience paying for maternal health care?

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The Takeaway

Key Requirement of Health Law Delayed Until 2015

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is President Obama's signature domestic law. The historic initiative could very well shape the narrative of his legacy. But the law is now partially on hold for one more year. Joining us to discuss this is Jeff Young, health care reporter at The Huffington Post.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Medical Care

Monday, June 10, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about why the United States leads the world in health expenditures, and looks at why health care is significantly more expensive here than it is around the world. Her article “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill,” in the Times Sunday, June 2, focuses on colonoscopies, the most expensive screening test that healthy Americans routinely undergo. It’s the first article in a series called Paying Till It Hurts: A Case Study in High Costs.

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The Takeaway

'David's Inferno': Depression's Lessons

Friday, May 17, 2013

Next week when the fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is released it's expected to bring with it new debate on the definition of illness itself -- about what's a disorder and what's just another kind of normal. This is a question that interests David Blistein, author of “David’s Inferno: My Journey through the Dark Wood of Depression.”  His book chronicles his struggle with debilitating depression.  That process that made him consider that maybe depression is more than just an illness.

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The Takeaway

How Does the Affordable Care Act Affect Independent Care Providers?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Obama administration has said that the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges are very good news for people who don't have affordable insurance coverage through their workplaces or have been in and out of the market. But is it good news for independent health care providers? One provider says that because of the ACA, his practice is losing revenue.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Us Find the Cost of Mammograms

Friday, May 03, 2013

We want to know what the provider charges and what's paid by insurance. In those numbers lies a story of the true cost of health care today. Fill out the form and help increase transparency in the health care market.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beyond the Checklist: Making Medicine Safer

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The U.S. healthcare system is now spending many millions of dollars to improve "patient safety" and "inter-professional practice." Yet every year an estimated 100,000 patients are still affected by preventable medical errors or infections. Suzanne Gordon and Patrick Mendenhall look at how health care providers can reduce medical errors and injuries. In Beyond the Checklist: What Else Health Care Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety, they show that lives could be saved and patient care enhanced if hospitals adapted relevant lessons of aviation safety and teamwork.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Economy, Maps, and Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Monday, February 25, 2013

Adam Davidson, of Planet Money and author of the "It's the Economy" column in the New York Times Magazine, tackles the current economic issues facing the nation. Simon Garfield talks about how humans came to make maps, and how they shape the world. Sandra Cisneros discusses her latest novel, Have You Seen Marie? And Steven Brill explores why why health care costs in the U.S. continue to rise.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Monday, February 25, 2013

Steven Brill talks about “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” his special report in the February 22 issue of Time magazine. It explores why health care costs in the US continue to rise, even as they compromise care and deepen our budget deficits. He spent 16 months working on the article, which is the longest in Time’s history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Nursing

Friday, February 15, 2013

This week's Please Explain we'll find out what nurses do, how they're trained, and why there always seems to be a shortage. Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz, Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing, explains the art and science of nursing. She's joined by Ghislaine Chery, nurse at Jamaica Hospital and for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weighing Western and Alternative Medicine

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Susannah Meadows writes the Newly Released column for The New York Times and wrote a personal essay in The New York Times Magazine this weekend. She discusses weighing western and alternative treatment options for her son.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

When Doctors Don’t Listen

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dr. Leana Wen examines the doctor-patient relationship and argues that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, written with Joshua Kosowsky, uses real-life stories of bad diagnoses to show how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. They offer follow-up questions patients can incorporate into every visit to the doctor’s to get the best medical care.

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