Healthcare in the U.S. is expensive — especially if it involves tests or being treated in a hospital and those are routine care. An extraordinary medical episode like a heart attack or cancer can result in bills that reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s one of the reasons health insurance is important but insurance often doesn’t pay the whole bill.
Best-selling author Dr. Marty Makary says it doesn’t have to be this way.
In his newly published book, The Price We Pay: What Broke American Healthcare — And How to Fix It, Makary writes that one in five Americans currently has a medical debt in collection, up to a quarter of medical tests and prescription medications may be unnecessary according to a nationwide survey of doctors, and what patients pay for the same treatments at hospitals vary sometimes by tens of thousands of dollars for no valid reason.
Dr. Makary will be speaking in Lancaster October 15 and he appears on Tuesday’s Smart Talk.
Dr. Marty Makary, M.D., practices surgical oncology and advanced laparoscopic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
October 6 – 12 is Fire Prevention Week and the American Red Cross is taking the opportunity to talk about keeping your home and family safe from the dangers of fire. That includes practicing an escape plan and what homes should be equipped with to prevent fire or escape from a fire.
Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss fire prevention week are Laura Hughes, Executive Director, Central PA American Red Cross, and Lisa Landis, regional director of communications, American Red Cross.
For a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health. Online at TransformingHealth.org. A partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital BlueCross. Resource referenced by Dr. Makary during the program: Fairhealth.org