This Fixing Healthcare podcast series, “Diving Deep,” probes into some of healthcare’s most complex topics and deep-seated problems.
On today’s episode, hosts Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr discuss the three biggest threats facing U.S. healthcare:
- Untamed inflation
- The nurse shortage
- A burnout / moral injury crisis
These threats will require urgent and radical action. In addition, the hosts discuss another pressing topic: The threat of Covid-19. How dangerous is the virus today?
HOW DANGEROUS IS COVID-19 NOW?
[00:59] Cohost Dr. Pearl had an eye-opening Covid-19 conversation with his ophthalmologist recently. What was discussed?
[01:48] Who should get a second Covid-19 vaccine booster?
[02:41] What are the most common Covid-19 questions Dr. Pearl hears?
[05:40] How likely are people to die from Omicron?
[07:44] Why are Covid-19 cases going way up but deaths aren’t?
[11:22] How much should people worry about “Long Covid”?
[15:12] Should people wait for the Omicron-specific booster coming this fall (or sooner)?
[18:38] Is it safe to have a social life now?
THREE HEALTHCARE THREATS WORSE THAN COVID
[21:40] Dr. Pearl’s recent article “These 3 healthcare threats will do more damage than Covid-19” went viral. Why?
[24:56] What’s causing the most concern in healthcare right now?
[28:03] What’s concerning about inflation in healthcare?
[30:41] How does the nursing shortage affect patient care?
[31:48] What can be done to keep patients safe amid this shortage?
[33:43] With cost and quality under siege, is there any hope for respite?
[34:49] How will we unclog surgical backlogs in hospitals?
[35:13] What about physician burnout?
[36:34] Why are doctors dissatisfied and what can be done about it?
[38:08] What happens when these three forces collide at the same time?
[40:22] What does Dr. Pearl recommend as an “urgent and radical” solution?
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Dr. Robert Pearl is the author of a book about medicine’s invisible yet highly influential physician culture. Check out “Uncaring: How Physician Culture Is Killing Doctors & Patients.” All profits from the book go to Doctors Without Borders.
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