FHC #89: Diving deep into medical regulations and monopolies

Healthcare regulations have played an essential role in our nation’s health and safety. The FDA has, historically, protected the public from harmful food and medications. The DEA has prevented and investigated illicit drugs. CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, has regulated the healthcare system for seniors and people in need.

Fixing Healthcare cohosts Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr discuss the role of regulators in the context of modern-day healthcare. They find that these regulatory bodies are in a position now to do more harm than good thanks to outdated thinking about technology and present-day healthcare delivery.

In this episode of Diving Deep, Pearl and Corr also return to a previous topic: the conglomerate of healthcare monopolies: hospitals, drug companies, insurer. These players wield tremendous power. But none is poised to win healthcare’s long game. The duo concludes today’s show by explaining who will control the “monopoly” board in five to 10 years.



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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.

Fixing Healthcare is a co-production of Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr. Subscribe to the show via Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you find podcasts. Join the conversation or suggest a guest by following the show on Twitter and LinkedIn.