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Podcast: New Directions in Health Care

A health policy podcast with producer Sandy Hausman featuring interviews with Commonwealth Fund staff and grantees on important issues in health care coverage, care delivery, and more. 

Featured In This Series: The Impact of the New Tax Law on Medicare and Medicaid for Seniors

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Achieving Universal Coverage

The Impact of the New Tax Law on Medicare and Medicaid for Seniors

Annual Medicare spending is expected to double over the next 10 years, as baby boomers age and people live longer on average. And Medicaid will also see greater demand given that it provides coverage to more than 4.6 million low-income seniors. Experts are already concerned about funding these programs — and the tax law passed in late 2017, which is expected to add about $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit, poses new challenges. Federal responses to a ballooning deficit could put the health and financial security of future seniors at stake.

Other Publication / Mar 08, 2018

doctor patient hospital health care
Controlling Health Care Costs

The Financial Consequences of ACA Repeal

A new Commonwealth Fund podcast explores what repeal of the Affordable Care Act might mean for individuals and for the nation. Leighton Ku of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University discusses his study, which found that 2.6 million jobs would be lost by 2019. And while the insurance industry waits for a possible repeal-and-replace the law, Sabrina Corlette of Georgetown University says uncertainty in the insurance market could lead to fewer plan choices and higher premiums.

Other Publication / Feb 15, 2017

Improving Health Care Quality

India’s Narayana Health: A Model of Efficient, High-Tech Care

India is home to Narayana Health, a chain of specialty care hospitals that delivers state-of-the-art medical services at a fraction of the cost charged here in the U.S. Sandy Hausman interviews Dr. Krishna Udayakumar of Duke University’s Global Health Institute, as well as Chandy Abraham, M.D., CEO of Health City, which offers high-tech, low-cost care in Grand Cayman.

Other Publication / Feb 14, 2017

Improving Health Care Quality

A Health Hotline in Mexico

MediCallHome is a subscription-based medical hotline that offers 24/7 to a doctor to resolve your minor medical issues. It's the model for a Spanish-language phone service for employers and consumers north of the border, too.

Other Publication / Feb 03, 2017

Advancing Health Equity

Affordable Mental Health in Kenya

Basic Needs is a mental health program that is establishing self-help groups and changing public attitudes in Kenya and 12 other African and Asian nations. Producer Sandy Hausman interviews its founder as part of our new series on frugal innovations with global implications.

Other Publication / Jan 19, 2017

Controlling Health Care Costs

Controlling Rising Drug Costs

Prescription drug spending, a significant driver of overall health care costs, has been rising rapidly over the last few years. This episode explores the reasons for higher drug prices, including the introduction of new high-value medications, potentially inefficient research and development, and a lack of price regulation.

Other Publication / Jun 22, 2016