health care

Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Translating Medical Into English--And Other Languages

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Helen Eby details issues with medical interpreters.

Not all the people who show up at the doctor's office or ER speak English. 

Oregon law recognizes this, and requires certified medical interpreters to be on hand when medical professionals treat non-English speaking patients. 

But that's easier said than done, with interpreters in short supply. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion

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Katherine Baicker dives into the voluminous data of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment.

Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers. 

Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to test the results of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations. 

Bottom line: the covered people are not a whole lot healthier, but they made more use of health care services and spent less of their own money. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Doctors As Storytellers

Dr. Louise Aronson talks about working from both sides of her brain.

There's a real trend in medicine toward good story-telling. 

A number of medical school programs and practitioners advocate creative writing skills for MDs and other health care workers. 

Because each patient and illness has a story. 

Geriatrician Louise Aronson holds an M.D. and an M.F.A. in writing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Jackson County Opens Clinic For Its Workers

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Commissioner Don Skundrick lays out Jackson County's plans for a clinic for workers.

Out of 11 industrialized countries, the United Kingdom has the best health care, says a recent report. 

And the United States comes in dead last on that list, despite spending twice as much per capita as the UK. 

The dual issues of low quality and high cost are well known. 

Jackson County leaders have an idea for addressing the issues for county employees: a free clinic for county workers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Reforming Health Care, Continued

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UMass economist Gerald Friedman lays out the case for single-payer health systems.

The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics. 

But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:27 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R.

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Sarah Taubman takes us through the numbers showing people getting Medicaid use the E.R. more.

The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."

The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan. 

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The Shifting Landscape of Health Care
5:59 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Insurers Restrict Choice Of Doctors To Save Costs

San Francisco-based insurance broker Susan Shargel says insurers should make it more clear that changing plans may mean your doctor is no longer in your network.
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Keeping your doctor is getting harder

As people shop for new insurance under the federal health law, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:56 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good

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Even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, children in both of our states are getting more health insurance coverage. 

A study from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University shows growth in health insurance coverage for children in both Oregon and California. 

We'll hear the reasons for the improvement... and what likely happens next. 

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Coordinated Care Working
7:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits

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New state data show that Oregon Health Plan members are making fewer visits to the emergency room and more visits to primary care providers.

Per-person spending growth fell by 1 percentage point.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

VENTSday-Federal Shutdown + Health Exchanges Open

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Listeners vent on the federal shutdown and health insurance exchanges.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange.

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