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There are no silver bullets in health care. Economists, physicians and researchers are on the record saying that even the most well-intentioned plans to fix issues like unaffordable insurance, high prescription drug prices and inequitable care for marginalized patients carry risk and unintended consequences.

Tradeoffs examines research, outlines policy pros and cons and chronicles how policy impacts spending and people with the mission of helping folks on Main Street, Wall Street and Capitol Hill have smarter, more honest conversations about health policy.

Hosted by long time public radio reporter Dan Gorenstein (Marketplace, NHPR), Tradeoffs is a weekly podcast that tells intellectually engaging, emotionally resonant stories about the complicated, costly and often counterintuitive world of health care. Dan is available for ME/ATC two-ways about any of the topics we cover.




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Companies claim they can catch cancer sooner with new blood tests and full-body MRI scans. What are the risks and benefits?

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2024
  • Length: 18:02
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Caption: Tradeoffs host Dan Gorenstein, ONC Director Micky Tripathi and Oracle Health Government Services Chief Health Officer James Ellzy onstage in Washington, D.C., at the ONC Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, 2023.
A live conversation between a top federal health official and a health care executive about how they must work together to keep AI from exacerbatin...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2024
  • Length: 24:19
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Key court decisions in 2024 about prescription drug prices, abortion bans, gender affirming care and the Affordable Care Act could change the way h...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2024
  • Length: 18:49
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Fentanyl killed 75,000 people in 2022. Now it’s making one of the few treatments for opioid addiction harder to use.

  • Added: Jan 26, 2024
  • Length: 23:50
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One out of every four Medicare patients in the hospital is the victim of a medical error. Over the past 20 years, a growing number of hospitals hav...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2023
  • Length: 22:59
Caption: Precious Mae Clark reviews her medical bills.
Congress banned most surprise medical bills back in 2020, with one major exception: ambulance rides. Most people agree that patients should be shie...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2023
  • Length: 29:50
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California’s Medicaid program is two years into the nation’s most ambitious effort yet to cover non-traditional health care services like housing a...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2023
  • Length: 16:55
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A wave of new research is showing the promise of psychedelics to help with mental health conditions —- like depression and post traumatic stress di...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2023
  • Length: 16:39
Caption: Confusing Medicare ads are everywhere!, Credit: Leslie Walker/Tradeoffs
Every fall, an avalanche of advertising bombards the phones, televisions and mailboxes of the country’s 65 million Medicare beneficiaries. Private...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2023
  • Length: 19:15
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In 2021, University of Minnesota health economist Hannah Neprash listened to a Tradeoffs story on ransomware in health care and was inspired to stu...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2023
  • Length: 24:29