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8 minutes | 2 days ago
What’s driving U.S. doctors out of private practice?
How do common health insurance industry practices affect doctors’ ability to remain independent? Can doctors stay in business when today’s reimbursement rates in some specialties can be lower than they were 30 years ago? What happens when billing-related administrative expenses are too high? Dr. Nancy Niparko, a pediatric neurologist in the Los Angeles area, explains to host Brenda Gazzar how she came to shut down her private practice and accept employment. Learn more & subscribe at HEAL California!
9 minutes | 9 days ago
Health Insurance: America’s ‘chaotic deal with the devil?’
What can doctors do when they learn the best treatment for their patients is not covered by health insurance? How are American children impacted by coverage denials and the high cost of medicines? Brenda Gazzar and Dr. Nancy Niparko, a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, discuss the frustrating and unnecessary insurance hassles doctors routinely face while trying to properly treat their patients, and how different it is in Canada. Learn more & subscribe at HEAL California!
8 minutes | 16 days ago
Unemployed & Uninsured in a Pandemic
How were everyday Americans affected when they lost their jobs and their health insurance during the pandemic? Is subsidized health insurance from Affordable Care Act marketplaces an answer, given out-of-pocket limits as high as $8,150 in 2020? Host Brenda Gazzar and Cathy Munzer, a fitness instructor living in Flushing Queens, discuss the fear and stress she felt when facing a medical emergency while unemployed and unable to afford health insurance. Learn more at HEAL California!
10 minutes | 23 days ago
Taking on Corporate Healthcare in America
What would the political path to winning Medicare for All look like? How can we take on the power of corporate health care? Why is it essential that people understand how our for-profit healthcare system affects them personally? Host Brenda Gazzar and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician and politician, discuss how his compelling new book, “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide” was written for skeptics and advocates alike, and why this fight matters for everyone. Learn more & subscribe at HEAL California!
10 minutes | a month ago
'Critical Condition:' How to Save American Health Care?
What impact did having roots in two worlds - Detroit, Michigan and Alexandria, Egypt - have on a young Dr. Abdul El-Sayed? How did his life experience sharpen his perception of the systems of inequality? What motivated him to first pursue a career in medicine, then move on to public health and now politics? Host Brenda Gazzar and Dr. El-Sayed, physician and politician, discuss his compelling life and best-selling new book, “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide.”
9 minutes | a month ago
The Scoop on California's New Medicare for All Bill
What are the key features of CalCare, California’s new single-payer bill (AB 1400)? Will it save money, or cost more? If we had single-payer, would Californians still have to pay premiums and deductibles? University of California San Francisco professor emeritus James G. Kahn, health economics expert, and host Brenda Gazzar discuss facts about CalCare, including options to finance it, and what we can do to help get it passed!
8 minutes | a month ago
The David & Goliath Fight for Medicare for All
What convinced a global health expert that single-payer healthcare systems are the way to go? How did the coronavirus pandemic impact the existing American healthcare system? Why has the California Legislature failed to get to single-payer despite widespread support for it? University of California San Francisco professor emeritus James G. Kahn, health economics expert, and Brenda Gazzar discuss the state of past and future healthcare reform efforts. Don't forget to subscribe for news, views & new podcasts!
9 minutes | 2 months ago
America's Racial Generation Gap & Healthcare Reform
What about the people who earn too much for Medicaid but too little to afford Obamacare? How has our broken healthcare system taken center stage at the union bargaining table? Have racial and generational divisions held back the healthcare reform movement? Sean Cavanaugh, campaign director for Whole Washington, and host Brenda Gazzar, discuss why bridging the racial generation gap is key to winning Medicare for All.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
The fight for healthcare equity in Washington State
How does our corporate healthcare system prevent us from fully investing in the public good? What about its disparate impact on Black Americans? How would we all benefit if our society prioritized taking care of people? Sean Cavanaugh, campaign director for Whole Washington, and host Brenda Gazzar, discuss why SB 5204, the latest single payer bill in Washington State, is vital and how it would work.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
Free to leave? Domestic abuse & health care
What are the traps that can keep survivors locked into abusive relationships? Is domestic violence more common in lower-income households? What advantages do higher-income survivors have when they seek help? Michele Hamilton, counselor and board member of Health Care 4 All-PA, joins host Brenda Gazzar to discuss how Medicare for All would change the dynamics for abuse survivors. Click here for transcript.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
How America’s broken healthcare system fails victims of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse victims often need urgent treatment for health problems resulting from physical and emotional assault. In many cases, they must find shelter in another town, county or state. How does the U.S. health insurance system respond to their needs? What about county-specific safety-net programs? Michele Hamilton, counselor in a domestic abuse shelter and board member of Health Care 4 All-PA, joins host Brenda Gazzar to discuss why Americans need health insurance that is not tied to their jobs, their parents or their abuser. Click here for transcript.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Pesticides, Accidents and ICE: Migrant farmworkers risk their lives to put food on your table
California’s migrant farmworkers suffer from more than inadequate housing, inaccessible health care and social isolation. What are the health risks they face at work each day while contributing to the state’s booming agricultural economy? Radio Bilingue's Hugo Morales and host Brenda Gazzar discuss the dangers farmworkers face at work, including pesticide exposure, working around farm animals and with mechanized equipment. Then there’s the constant fear of deportation. . . .Click for the transcript!
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Radio Bilingue's Hugo Morales - from farmworker to public radio mogul
What health challenges do California’s farmworkers and their families routinely face as a consequence of dire poverty? What’s it like to be socially isolated and treated like an alien? Hugo Morales, co-founder and executive director of Radio Bilingue, and host Brenda Gazzar discuss his incredible life, starting as a Mexican-born indigenous child who joined his father at a farm labor camp in Healdsburg, California to his time studying at Harvard.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Battered by illness, medical bills in America's South
What options are there for an uninsured performing artist facing financial destruction from medical bills? How does one’s state of residence impact the affordability of health care? Eliska Hahn and host Brenda Gazzar discuss the challenge of affording health care after developing a devastating illness even with the Affordable Care Act.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Any port in America’s healthcare storm?
How did a hardworking, highly talented performance artist end up declaring medical bankruptcy at age 23? Does the desire for dignity, independence and healthcare security mean Americans must give up their dreams of working in creative fields? Host Brenda Gazzar and Eliska Hahn, voice talent, model and actor, examine how America’s fragmented healthcare system let her down as she started a family while pursuing an ambitious entertainment career across the country.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Stigma, Incarceration and Coronavirus - A Triple Threat
Why are incarcerated people experiencing devastating coronavirus outbreaks? What special vulnerabilities do they face that increase their susceptibility to the virus? Host Brenda Gazzar and Dr. Nina Harawa discuss how the day-to-day realities of life in prisons and jails make it nearly impossible to avoid exposure, and what needs to be done about it.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
Equity & Respect: A Prescription for a Healthy Society
Today we’re celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a racial equity champion, with a look at how stigmatized communities such as HIV-positive, transgender and incarcerated people are faring overall and during the coronavirus pandemic. Host Brenda Gazzar and Dr. Nina Harawa discuss the special vulnerabilities they face, and how to effectively communicate vital health-related information in light of a history of mistreatment in the medical system.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Grieving dad won’t stop fighting for Medicare for All
How can a father cope with the senseless death of a beloved son following a missed $20 premium payment? What devastating consequences can result when a patient's health insurance changes without warning? Host Brenda Gazzar and Scott Desnoyers discuss how an unexpected health insurance change meant that his son Danny lost access to critical medication, which he says contributed to his son's suicide. How would things be different if we had Medicare for All?
7 minutes | 4 months ago
How safe is the coronavirus vaccine? Dr. Rob Davidson weighs in
How can we overcome vaccine hesitancy among Americans? What role does distrust of the medical establishment play in the decision to be vaccinated? Why do some communities have serious concerns around seeking medical care? Host Brenda Gazzar and Dr. Rob Davidson, practicing emergency room doctor, discuss the targeted messaging campaign being launched by the Committee to Protect Medicare, the latest mRNA vaccine technology and why he trusts the new COVID-19 vaccines.
6 minutes | 4 months ago
The Unmasked Truth with Dr. Rob Davidson, Committee to Protect Medicare
Why is it that an advanced nation like the U.S. has experienced over 2 million COVID-19 infections? How have factors like the lack of a coordinated federal response and an inadequate health insurance system contributed to our national health tragedy? Host Brenda Gazzar and Dr. Rob Davidson, practicing emergency room doctor and head of Committee to Protect Medicare, discuss how wearing masks and getting vaccinated would save countless American lives.
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