Racial Disparities in Healthcare are Pervasive

From Healthcare Triage. Study after study affirms that doctors treat their patients differently, depending on the patient’s race. Minority patients get different diagnoses, different treatments, and are often subject to being stereotyped by their physicians. Related HCT episodes: 1. Black Mothers Suffer Higher Birth-related Mortality: https://youtu.be/VYc-Eq-vDuA 2. Barbershops fill gaps in the healthcare system for…

The Various Plans for Medicare for All

From Healthcare Triage. Now that we’ve set the ground rules, and the five main questions to consider, let’s look at the various plans. At the time we taped this episode (in mid February), there were ten that we could get full answers for. How they break down is the topic of this week’s HCT. Senate…

Medicare For All: What Does it Actually Mean?

From Healthcare Triage. Medicare for All has become wildly popular among Democrats running for office these days. But what does that mean exactly? It’s complicated, if you can believe that. Does this include universal coverage? What happens to employer-based insurance? We take a close look at some of the questions surrounding this issue. Related HCT…

Hospital Competition Can Impact Your Health

From Healthcare Triage. It turns out, hospital and health system consolidations can result in worse outcomes for patients. These mergers reduce competition, and it turns out that hospitals compete more often on quality than they do on prices. The result is that quality suffers in markets with less competition Check out the Healthcare Triage Podcast!…

How Accurate are Mail-in DNA Tests?

From Healthcare Triage. Mail-in DNA tests have been in the news recently. Test results can be over the map, with even identical twins getting some widely variable results. What’s the deal with that? The Vox article: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/1/28/18194560/ancestry-dna-23-me-myheritage-science-explainer Subscribe to Healthcare Triage! https://bit.ly/2GlEYWG Aaron has a book out now! It’s called The Bad Food Bible: How…

Suicide Rates and Insights from Medical Sociology – Healthcare Triage

From Healthcare Triage. Check out this podcast in podcast form: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/healthcare-triage-podcast/id999134849 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4r5rS3juitsNp8HSky0smw?si=F9hX2bLMStOc7dwlahscWw Or search “Healthcare Triage Podcast” wherever you get your podcasts! Aaron’s guest this month is Dr. Bernice Pescosolido, who is a medical sociologist at Indiana University. Dr. Pescosolido studies the environments, neighborhoods, and connections that contribute to patients’ identities, and looks…