“Fight Back” is the Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation’s podcast. Each episode tells the personal story of someone who has been tripped up by the healthcare system in some way—insurance claims denied, not getting the referral to a specialist or medical procedure one needs, an unexpected “out of network” bill, and so forth. Then we interview a relevant expert who can provide the insights, resources, and help to solve these kinds of problems while navigating our complex healthcare system.
We recently introduced a new product called the “Minicast,” a shortened form of a podcast. We will be producing two types of Minicasts. One is highlights from previous episodes edited to short, bite-sized audio files. Perfect when you want to sample a topic before listening to the entire thirty-minute plus podcast. Then we will use our Minicast format for interviews and updates that do not require a full podcast treatment but can be summarized in five minutes or less—a great way to cut through the noise and clutter of medical news and get to the nuggets of important medical information and tips. Enjoy!
Economics of Healthcare
In this Fight Back Minicast, we talk with Sean Flynn, an assistant professor of economics at Scripps College, about the economics of our healthcare system: why consumers don’t pay much attention to healthcare costs, why health insurance companies spend so much, and why employers don’t push for reform.
Michelle Williams, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for Canine Companions, and Stefanie Lund, a volunteer breeder of service canines, discuss the difference between service, therapy, and emotional support dogs and how they can improve their owner’s health, especially veterans.
Teletown Hall – COVID Update
On this special Fight Back minicast, we hear a clip from our very first LIVE Telephone Town Hall where we discussed the latest about the latest Covid-19 outbreak and the endemic.
Health insurance is critical for individuals and families. When you suddenly lose your health insurance because of COVID-19 or any other reason, it can feel overwhelming and difficult to determine where to start and what to do. Fortunately, there are many options available.
Lifestyle Medicine focuses on educating and motivating patients to change personal habits and behaviors by focusing on whole food, plant-predominant diet, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connections.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It Safe?
How safe are the COVID-19 vaccines? We talk with vaccine expert and Emergency Room Physician, Dr. Mike Ybarra, to answer these and other vaccine questions.
Negotiating Medical Bills
Expected, or maybe unexpected, hospital bills can be overwhelming and significantly impact the costs of your healthcare. In this episode, we discuss whether it is possible to negotiate with your local hospital.
Introduction to Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation
Welcome to our kickoff podcast to introduce what Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation is all about and how we will help you navigate the healthcare system.