Faith Middleton Show: Predictive Health

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Faith Middleton Show: Predictive Health
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Faith Middleton Show: Predictive Health

Our health care system is crippled by desperate efforts to prevent the inevitable. A third of the national Medicare budget—nearly $175 billion—is spent on the final year of life, and a third of that amount on the final month, often on expensive (and futile) treatments. Such efforts betray a fundamental flaw in how we think about healthcare: we squander resources on hopeless situations, instead of using them to actually improve health. In Predictive Health, distinguished doctors Kenneth Brigham and Michael M. E. Johns propose a solution: invest earlier—and use science and technology to make healthcare more available and affordable. Brigham joins Faith and Dr. Sherwin Nuland (author of the classic How We Die) for the full hour and to take your calls.