The Cost of Care: Healthcare Policy Gaps and Pricing

Dr. Neel T. Shah on the Cost of Healthcare in the United States


Episode Summary:

Why is healthcare in the US so expensive? Where does policy fall short in lowering these costs? This segment reveals some of the inefficiencies in the pricing of healthcare services, and what can be done to address the issue.




About Neel:

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and associate faculty at the Ariadne Labs. His work broadly aims to help clinicians make decisions that lead to the best possible care at lower costs. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients from childbirth through menopause and practices both primary care and surgery

In addition, he is the Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps caregivers deflate medical bills. He has been listed among the “40 smartest people in health care” by the Becker’s Hospital Review, and profiled in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how low value care can cause financial harm to patients.

Dr. Shah completed residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and received degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a co-author of the textbook, Understanding Value-Based Care expected from McGraw-Hill in early 2015.


Intro/Outro: Basspartout, “New Horizons,” AudioJungle.