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Houston Healthcare Initiative's Podcast
7 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Healthcare Payment Reform is Critical to Improving Primary Care
Access to and paying for healthcare is a topic that Dr. Goldstein talks about a lot on the podcast and this one is no exception. But in this case access to primary care is a matter of the number of doctors who choose to pursue primary care as a career. Pay for those roles is lower than it is for most specialists. A lower number of primary care doctors are linked to 85 deaths every day according to a study published by the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to a shortage of practicing doctors, primary care visits declined significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Add to that a good number of primary care practices were not able to access federal funds and relief and went under. How can we manage all this? For answers we turn to respected neurologist and the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein. To see many cash payment alternatives for healthcare, visit www.swampbutt.com.
9 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
UnitedHealthcare ER Benefit Denial
On this edition of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, Dr. Steven Goldstein describes UnitedHealthcare’s try at reducing emergency room claim payments by retroactively ruling that some emergencies were not really emergencies at all. The consequences of this could put patients in jeopardy. Listen to learn how this could affect you. And visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative to learn about this and much more.
9 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
How To Hack Your Health Savings Account
In this installment of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein, will explain the often-overlooked benefit known as the Health Savings Account. The Health Savings Account or HSA is a type of savings account that is used for medical expenses. Congress established them in 2003 for those with high deductible health insurance. It is a way to pay cash for routine medical care with pretax dollars. Because the HSA requires a high deductible, routine healthcare expenses are not covered by insurance but can be paid for by the HSA. HSA’s are potentially a good value for those who can take advantage. Listen to this and over 50 installments of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.com.
12 minutes | May 12, 2021
How to choose the right doctor
In the market for a new doctor? Wondering why you even need a primary care physician? There are lots of ways and reasons. Listen to the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast with Dr. Steven Goldstein to get all the best information from an actual, practicing medical doctor. To learn more visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
9 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Patient Centered Healthcare
For those who ever tried something that said on the label ‘one size fits all’ there is some shared learning because one size never fits all. This is true for socks, t-shirts and healthcare. Yet in spite of this collective experience, we settle for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies who approach patients with templates designed to treat everything and everyone the same or at least very similarly. Instead of an emphasis on individual care, there is more weight placed on administrative efficiency. A better way to do medical business is the ‘patient centered care.’ On his regular podcast respected, Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein, describes how a patient centered model and cooperative payment method can work to the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals. Visit the web site at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
10 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Healthcare By The Numbers
On this edition of the podcast, Houston based neurologist and the founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein, will step us through the numbers associated with health insurance and hospitalization costs. Additionally, he will describe the profits hospitals and health insurance companies accrue and help us all decide was this a good way for all of us to spend money. Now make no mistake, neither one of us is against making a profit and no one works for free. Instead, Dr. Goldstein will show where the money came from and where it went. Ultimately, did the public purchase more benefits or receive a better value as a result of what they were charged. www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
8 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Job & Health Insurance Loss Come and Go Together; How To Find Affordable Coverage
In a time when so many lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 Pandemic…. Job & Health Insurance Loss Come and Go Together; How To Find Affordable Coverage March 2, 2021 -- In December 2020, 66% of Americans who answered a survey said they fear they won’t be able to afford health care this year. Of the 41% of respondents who are very or moderately concerned about health-care costs, 53% are parents with children. The amount of people who were and remain unemployed because of the Covid-19 pandemic remains high. Since most individuals get their health insurance with their jobs, those same folks are also in need of medical coverage. On his regular podcast, Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein has immediate and affordable medical insurance solutions for those who need coverage.
11 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Hospital Price Transparency
This week respected Houston based neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein will discuss the price’s patients are charged by doctors and hospitals. Specifically, on the new rules about healthcare price transparency. Specifically, on the new rules about healthcare and price transparency. What needed to change on disclosing prices and is anything different as a result? Of course, there are ways that the hospitals are playing around with the information. But there is one shining example of what looks like full compliance. Be sure to visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org for more information about this and other issues.
9 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Why Haven Failed To Fix Healthcare
A healthcare company blessed with lots of money, high tech abilities and really smart people will close up the end of January. Of course, this was Haven, the joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan-Chase. Its purpose was to use the leverage of its tens of thousands of employees and its expertise in technology to improve the healthcare system. What lessons can we learn from its failure to accomplish its mission. Here to help reset the focus of reforming healthcare is respected Houston neurologist, Dr. Steven Goldstein.
11 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Why Did Haven Healthcare Fail?
Those with an interest in reforming the healthcare industry will be very interested in the topic of this podcast as respected neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein tells us all about how some very large organizations tried and failed at reforming their employee health insurance. This is a story about an organization that was called Haven. When it was formed, the three companies had a lofty goal: to provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality, and transparent health care at a reasonable cost. Haven made one very big mistake, trying to fix the wrong thing. Learn more at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
11 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
The Case for Healthcare Reform in Unsettled Times
That times are unsettled was never truer than in 2020 and 2021 will start out that way. But in an unsettled time with so much of the nation’s attention turned to medical care, could it be the time to really push healthcare reform and what might that reform look like? Americans remain in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. What can we learn from it and how can this influence our thinking when it comes to healthcare reform? Or is it all too big for any of us to do anything meaningful? Here to share his insight with us is respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein. Visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org for more.
10 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
November Health Insurance Selection; Which One Is Best?
Is it possible to get good health insurance coverage in 2021 and save money on treatments, prescription drugs and the policy too? The answer according to Dr. Steven Goldstein, founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative and respected neurologist, is yes. Learn more about this and issues like it at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
12 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Vaccine Development Liability Waivers Where Safety & Business Gel
There are currently 120 Coronavirus/Covid-19 vaccines in development and a race to be the first one available for the public. Being first with this vaccine will mean big rewards for the maker in the form of profits and scientific prestige. Along with these developments there is political pressure to not only be first but be first by election day. Regardless, the benefits of a vaccine for this extremely contagious virus will ultimately accrue to the public. But nothing is foolproof and there will be problems with this vaccine because there were with all of them. And when there are problems who is ultimately responsible and how can the public find justice? To know better what the possible risk benefit for a vaccine to the Covid-19 is and help us understand the possible downside and upside is respected Houston neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein.
27 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Who decides what medicine we can all take?
A group of U.S. doctors known collectively as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons or the AAPS recently sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for limiting use of hydroxychloroquine, and the right to prescribe hydroxychloroquine as an off-label treatment for the Coronavirus/Covid-19 virus. But there is a larger issue here that will eventually transcend the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic and that is who ultimately decides what medicines we can take? Who is it that has more or less influence than they should?
44 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
On this edition we have a guest, Mr. Gerald Posner. Mr. Posner is an accomplished investigative journalist and the author of a dozen books including “Case Closed,” a re-examination of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and “Mengele,” an account of the botched hunt for the Nazi war criminal. His latest work is “Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America.” This book describes something we here are all very interest in which is the history of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. I was shocked to read that many of the practices that were incorporated into marketing and selling heroin and cocaine in the early 20th century are still used today. And like they did before, the same companies are deliberately downplaying of the risk of modern-day medicines like opioids that have led to addiction and death for so many Americans. This along with an emphasis on profits over patient well-being are included.
13 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Blood Plasma Covid Treatment and Pharmaceutical Industry Reform
On August 23, 2020 the Food and Drug Administration’s announced a decision to grant blood plasma treatment for Coronavirus/Covid-19 patients with a fast-track authorization for its emergency use as a treatment for hospitalized COVID patients. This “emergency use authorization” triggered an outcry from scientists and doctors, who said the decision was not supported by adequate clinical evidence and criticized the FDA for what was perceived as bowing to political pressure. News coverage about this potential treatment has done little to clarify whether its useful or not. The idea that there could be a motivation behind the fast track authorization for this potential treatment other than looking for a useful therapeutic is troubling. More to the point, who should decide what patients receive in treatment for their illnesses? To help us make sense of how reforms for the pharmaceutical industry could potentially help separate facts from spin and who we should all listen to is respected neurologist, Dr. Steven Goldstein.
16 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
Retractions Prove Too Late In Hydroxychloriquine (HCQ) Debate; Because No One Can Un-Ring A Bell!
Early in the pandemic, hydroxychloroquine looked like it could be a promising treatment for COVID-19 but use of the drug quickly lost favor after articles in the Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine cast doubt. Both journals retracted the articles but the damage was done. Listen to Dr. Steven Goldstein describe how and why this went wrong.
6 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Why Canadian Drug Prices Are Lower Than US Drug Prices
What are the reasons prices for prescribed medicine here are far higher than they are in Canada? Is there a good reason or any reason? Add to this the recent federal government action to bring U.S. drug prices close to or on par with their costs in Canada. To make sense of this, please listen to the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast. And visit the website to learn even more, www.HoustonHealthcareInitiative.org.
11 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
What The Court Ruled About Hospital Price Transparency
This week Dr. Steven Goldstein will take a deeper dive into a court decision that requires hospitals to reveal private negotiated rates with insurers starting this coming January 1, 2021. Plus, he will provide more insight into how hospitals decide what and how much to charge us, and man is that a story. To learn more go to www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
11 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Resources for Those Who Lost Jobs & Health Insurance Due to the Coronavirus
Because of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, 25–43 million people could lose their jobs and their health insurance. People who had a serious illness before the outbreak and job loss could be dealt a literally fatal blow. Others who had symptoms and even serious accidents while unemployed and without insurance could suffer more than they would have if their insurance were in place. But there are resources available as described this week on the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast. To learn more, go to www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.
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