What's Gone Astray in American Healthcare and Pricing

September 4, 2019

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with the author of a new book that discusses the price and cost of American healthcare. Martin Makary, MD, MPH, a surgical oncologist and chief of the Johns Hopkins Islet Transplant Center, talked about what he found while writing The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care—and How to Fix It. Makary discusses spurious billing practices, overtreatment, and the opioid issue, as well as efforts by some providers and employers to reshape primary care.

Today on Managed Care Cast, we speak with the author of a new book that discusses the price and cost of American healthcare. Martin Makary, MD, MPH, a surgical oncologist and chief of the Johns Hopkins Islet Transplant Center, has appeared previously on our podcast, talking about the impact of group purchasing organizations on healthcare prices and the ethics of hospital markups.

On this episode, he talked about what he found while writing The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care—and How to Fix It. Makary discussed spurious billing practices, overtreatment, and the opioid issue, as well as efforts by some providers and employers to reshape primary care.

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Read some of Makary’s research and other interviews appearing in The American Journal of Managed Care®. See SolvetheCrisis, a website about surgical prescribing of opioids mentioned in this episode.