Episode 10 | Overpriced and Overprescribed: Healthcare Costs in the Age of Big Money
The United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world and faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic. But how did we get here? For starters, the healthcare industry spent $337 million lobbying politicians in 2018 alone. This episode discusses the impact of this outsized influence everywhere—from cancer drugs that cost $400,000 a year to the 115 people a day who die needlessly from opioid overdoses. Money in politics rigs the healthcare system, but these panelists discuss solutions that could bring down prices and save lives.
• Moderator: Wendell Potter, Founder & President, Tarbell.org; Author, Nation on the Take
• Speaker 1: Richard Master, CEO, MCS Industries; Founder, Business Initiative for Health Policy
• Speaker 2: Juliana Keeping, Communications Director, Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, drug pricing activist, mom to Eli, 6, who lives with cystic fibrosis
• Speaker 3: Dr. Jessie Fields, National Spokesperson, Open Primaries
• Speaker 4: Emily Walden, Coalition Executive Chairperson, FED UP!