Mar 16, 2022 • 58M

Ep. 1 - Economics drives healthcare


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In the first full episode of the FLATLINING Podcast, Matthew and Ron discuss why economics plays such an important factor in healthcare, why you need to hear about doctors and the good that they do, and a man who wanted to “save the COVID patients.”


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Healthcare and the Economy
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