DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

KIM AKASS

MONIQUE NAZARETH

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
PBS' Money & Medicine Examines Some Volatile Aspects of Health Care
September 25, 2012  | By Tom Brinkmoeller  | 23 comments
 

A program called Money & Medicine, showing up less than two months ahead of a national election, could be suspect of pushing an agenda that is either for or against the Affordable Health Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). But this hour-long special is appearing Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, where hidden/not-so-hidden agendas are as forbidden as infomercials.

Its examination of health-care accessibility and cost-containment is tinted neither red nor blue. And because it contains interviews with medical professionals, observers and participants who share no one common point of view, there's not a soapbox visible in a single shot in the program (though post-broadcast cries of pain from real or imagined gored oxen wouldn't be a surprise).

Inside of 60 minutes, it examines four somewhat volatile aspects of health care: end-of-life care; Caesarean-section childbirth; prostate cancer treatment; and diagnostic testing. It looks at spending versus results; interviews patients, family and care providers; and seeks out experts whose job it is to observe medical care. 

There's a man who fought (and eventually sued) the hospital that, after 10 months and more than $5 million of intensive care for his mother, decided further extraordinary measures were useless. He calls that decision "a medical execution" delivered by "a death panel."

There's a professional whose research has shown aggressive prostate treatment often is unnecessary: "You have to remove about 15 prostates to prevent one prostate-cancer death." (An interesting point made in the program is autopsies of older individuals showed evidence of prostate cancer, though none of them died from it.)

There's the argument that the ever-increasing cost of diagnostic equipment and the first-choice reliance of some physicians to utilize them, needed or not, can be linked to a high number of radiation-related deaths annually.

And two money-related issues of high volatility are touched on when the statements, "you might sue me" and "I get paid more" are mentioned as sometime-motivators of physician actions.

PBS-style, the program raises questions and presents information, ideally giving viewers facts upon which they can base future decisions.

Producer-director Roger Weisberg said in a recent interview he doesn't think the program will ignite new partisan explosives. He has shown the program to Republican and Democratic lawmakers and the reaction he has seen is that both sides want to "slow growth and contain medical costs. Where they differ are in the remedies."

Following two years of production and access to all the people, and more, who appear in the program, Weisberg has decided what at least one remedy to the problem is: "I think that what needs to change is that patients need to confer with their primary-care physicians more to discuss the risks and benefits and trade-offs (of specialist-suggested procedures, tests and surgeries) and it will lead to less-aggressive care."

Weisberg thinks that when the person who "recommends the surgery is not the surgeon," the patient ends up benefitting more. "When patients make informed decisions, the consumption rates go way down." he said. 

For those who are interested in even more depth in examination of the issues this program explores, there is a detailed and very comprehensive viewer guide available on Weisberg's company website.

Whichever way the national elections go, the challenge of improving the way health care is delivered will remain. That makes Money & Medicine an equally important source information before and after the November elections.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Leave a Comment: (No HTML, 1000 chars max)
 
 Name (required)
 
 Email (required) (will not be published)
 
PJQXT
Type in the verification word shown on the image.
 
 
 Page: 1 of 2  | Go to page: 
23 Comments
 
 
Compared to some other diabetes medications, Rybelsus has a lower risk of causing hypoglycemia, which is a potentially dangerous condition of low blood sugar levels. Some research suggests that rybelsus may help preserve pancreatic beta cell function, which is essential for insulin production.
May 3, 2024   |  Reply
 
 
Discover your genetic risk for celiac disease with our Celiac genetic test. Convenient cheek swabs at home make sample collection simple. Understand your results easily with our plain explanations.
Apr 9, 2024   |  Reply
 
 
What Is High-Polyphenol Olive Oil?: High-polyphenol olive oil is prized for its robust flavor and enhanced health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, polyphenol-rich olive oil offers superior protection against inflammation, oxidative stress, and chronic diseases. Incorporate it into your diet for optimal health.
Mar 23, 2024   |  Reply
 
 
Chronic diseases pose a considerable challenge to public health, emphasizing the need for comprehensive approaches involving education, lifestyle changes, and robust healthcare infrastructure. Education, in particular, holds a pivotal role in empowering individuals to make informed choices about their health. Simultaneously, environmental factors wield significant influence on health, underscoring the intricate relationship between human health and the environment we inhabit. Access to clean air, water, and a conducive environment directly impact overall health and well-being.
Jan 6, 2024   |  Reply
 
 
Good health allows us to perform daily activities and achieve our goals, while poor health can limit our ability to do so. Additionally, good health helps to prevent chronic diseases, promotes longevity, and contributes to overall happiness and well-being.
Dec 5, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Rubmd
Thank you for shedding light on such a crucial and often overlooked aspect of our society. Your commitment to informing and educating your readers is invaluable, and I look forward to reading more of your insightful articles in the future.
Nov 29, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
alanstatener
Thanks for your informative post, I was able to read it thanks to a writing service https://www.lorservice.com/, and in the meantime, I can read your wonderful post while they do my work for me!
Oct 30, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Redefine your aesthetic experience at SOTHERGA, the forefront of "betar medical Milano" in Milan. Our conservative methodology ensures a harmonious blend of beauty and well-being, prioritizing natural enhancement. Immerse yourself in a world where expertise and care converge seamlessly, setting the standard for transformative results in the heart of Milan.
Oct 4, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
In essence, health embodies the essence of life itself. It's a dynamic state influenced by genetics, environment, behavior, and societal factors. As we navigate the complexities of modern existence, prioritizing health becomes an ongoing journey, requiring conscious choices and adaptive strategies. From the individual to the global level, health remains a shared aspiration that shapes the quality of life and the trajectory of humanity.
Sep 5, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Environmental factors also play a significant role in health. Pollution, climate change, and access to clean water and sanitation can have profound effects on public health. Taking steps to protect the environment, such as reducing carbon emissions and conserving resources, is essential for the well-being of current and future generations.
Sep 4, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
The digital age has reshaped how health information is disseminated and managed. Telemedicine offers remote consultations, making healthcare more accessible, especially in underserved areas. Wearable devices and health apps empower individuals to track their fitness levels, heart rate, and sleep patterns, enabling proactive health management. However, the influx of information can also lead to information overload and heightened health anxieties.
Aug 27, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
What sets us apart from the rest is our commitment to delivering unparalleled customer satisfaction. Our dedicated team goes the extra mile to ensure that every customer is treated with respect and receives personalized solutions that meet their unique needs. We take the time to listen to your concerns and offer expert advice to enhance the security of your property.
Aug 6, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Mental health is equally important and relates to a person's emotional and psychological well-being. It involves the ability to cope with stress, handle emotions, and maintain positive relationships. Mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. Recognizing the significance of mental health and seeking appropriate support is essential for a balanced and healthy life.
Jul 16, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Mental health is equally important and refers to our emotional and psychological well-being. It involves managing stress, seeking support when needed, and engaging in activities that promote relaxation and mindfulness. Taking care of our mental health is vital for a balanced and fulfilling life.
Jul 1, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Adequate rest and sleep are crucial for rejuvenation and optimal functioning. Additionally, managing stress, nurturing mental and emotional health, and seeking support when needed are vital for our overall well-being. Regular health check-ups, avoiding harmful habits, and making choices that align with our values all contribute to a holistic approach to health and wellness. Embracing these practices helps us lead healthier, happier lives.
Jun 12, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
I don’t usually visit this types of posts, but this was an interesting one. I am excited to know all about aesthetic clinics from here. What makes a clinic aesthetic?
Apr 11, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Health takes on a great importance because it affects many aspects of our lives. Good health allows us to perform daily activities and achieve our goals, while poor health can limit our ability to do so. Additionally, good health helps to prevent chronic diseases, promotes longevity, and contributes to overall happiness and well-being.
Mar 31, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
A healthy body can protect you from major illnesses and help you maintain a good quality of life. In fact, maintaining good health can help prevent some of the most common causes of death, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. There are many ways to achieve and maintain good health, and everyone's individual lifestyle needs will vary. However, following a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain a healthy weight, get enough exercise, and drink enough fluids.https://borderfreesupply.com/
Jan 28, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
Everyone knows that good health is a key to a long and happy life, but few people realize just how important it is to their overall wealth. A healthy body can protect you from major illnesses and help you maintain a good quality of life.
Jan 28, 2023   |  Reply
 
 
ou completed a few fine points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will go along with with your blog.
Oct 11, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
 
 Page: 1 of 2  | Go to page: