May 4, 2022 • 59M

Ep. 7 - Question Your Doctor (and other headlines)


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This week on the podcast, Matthew and Ron dive into some of the healthcare headlines over the past few weeks. They discuss quality and access to care for a closing/downsizing Chicagoland hospital, they take a look at where Anthem gets its money from, they wonder why the IG report on Medicare Advantage plans denying medically necessary care wasn’t a bigger news story, and they pick apart an opinion piece encouraging you to, well, be your own doctor.

What do you think of these news stories and what is your response to them? Let us know in the comments below, email us at, or tweeting Matthew or Ron.

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Articles mentioned in this week’s episode:

Downsized City Sees Its Health Care Downsized as Hospital Awaits Demolition - Kaiser Health News

Big insurer Anthem took in $38 billion in the first 3 months of 2022. Most of it by far came from taxpayers. - Wendell Potter NOW

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Coverage for Eligible, Necessary Care: Report - US News and World Report

Question Your Doctor - RealClear Books and Culture