A podcast that pulls back the curtain to help you make sense of complex healthcare economics and policy issues.

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A podcast that pulls back the curtain to help you make sense of complex healthcare economics and policy issues.

On the Healthcare Matters podcast

“Healthcare Matters” is hosted by Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at GHLF and Conner Mertens, Patient Advocate and Community Outreach Manager at GHLF. Our goal is to simplify the complexities in healthcare economics and policy for you.

Healthcare Matters Episodes

“Healthcare Matters” is part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation Podcast Network and hosted by Dr. Robert Popovian and Conner Mertens.

Episode 05

Mind Boggling: Patients In The Dark

Patients are the last to know how much their insurance premiums, pharmaceuticals and hospital costs will be. What will it take for the healthcare system to become more transparent so patients have more information to make informed decisions and save money?

“It is just disturbing that the federal government, the largest payer of healthcare in the United States, does not have audit rights to go in, open up the ledgers of the pharmacy benefit managers and see where the money is going,“ says Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Episode 04

Out-of-Pocket Barrier To Vaccines

In this episode, we are looking at how benefit design in Medicare creates vaccine design inequity. Even small out-of-pocket costs can deter some communities from getting the right vaccines and treatment they need.

“Any type of a policy that reduces the access to vaccination, most definitely will impact patients and will increase this wasteful spending,“ says Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation. “Vaccines should be regarded as—and are regarded as—the most cost-beneficial intervention in healthcare.”

Episode 03

The Flaws in Fail First Therapy

In this episode, we look at the major flaws in fail first, or step therapy, which mandates that a patient must fail on one or more less expensive drugs before “stepping up” to another drug.

“Anything that we do from a policy perspective, and this is the mantra of Global; Healthy Living Foundation, policies, legislations, anything that passes, the patient has to directly benefit from them,“ says Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Episode 02

Bipartisans Healthcare: Policy or Pipedream?

In this episode, we look at how the federal government can work in a bipartisan manner to improve our healthcare system.

“Bipartisan initiatives are extremely important in healthcare because, at the end of the day, no physician, patient chart, hospital admissions record ever asks you about your political platform before you get treatment. And I truly believe that there is a bipartisan opportunity here. Patients are waiting and we need to help them out. They can no longer go on the way things are currently set up,” says Dr. Robert Popovian, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Episode 01

Time for Bipartisanship?

With a new administration in the White House, there is renewed optimism for bipartisanship on issues surrounding healthcare. Hear how the Biden administration can work across the political isle to make effective change, bringing costs down for patients, and ensuring they receive the best possible care.

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