Health Savings News – Episode 3: Doing Your Own Research

This a transcript to episode 3 of Health Savings News. In the interest of making the podcast more accessible, we will post transcripts every two weeks as episodes release.


Evan (00:09):

Hello, and welcome to Health Savings News: the podcast about healthcare costs in America and how to save money on the often expensive care all kinds of people need. I’m your host, Evan O’Connor, joined by retired doctors, Rich Sagall and Mike Woods. Just to note, Rich is feeling under the weather this week so he may not speak that much, has a bit of a frog in his throat. Also, we did have some technical difficulties recording this episode. You will hear some minor sound artifacts, maybe some differences in the quality at different points. And, final note: this is the first episode we have recorded since launching the podcast, so we would like to thank everybody who’s listened so far. Some of the podcasts you’ve listened to in the past and will listen to in the future were recorded weeks if not months ago. We just want to keep these topics as evergreen as possible. This episode was recorded and

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Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

Everyone’s well-being can be tested at times, their abilities to cope challenged, times when being productive can feel impossible. Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Mental health is equally important to maintain as our physical health, though often goes untreated to a degree that can manifest as a mental illness. Mental illness can range from anxiety to mood disorders like depression, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, eating disorders, or addictive behaviors.

Studies have shown the economic costs of untreated mood and anxiety disorders among mothers exceeds $14 billion through the first five years of a child’s life alone, and fewer adults experiencing psychological

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Health Savings News – Episode 2: Drug Costs

This a transcript to episode 2 of Health Savings News. In the interest of making the podcast more accessible, we will post transcripts every two weeks as episodes release.


Evan (00:09):

Hello, and welcome to Health Savings News, the podcast about healthcare savings in America and how to save money on the often expensive care all kinds of people need. I’m your host, Evan O’Connor, joined by retired doctors, Rich Sagall and Mike Woods. How’s it going guys?

Rich/Mike (00:23):

Good.

Evan (00:25):

Great. Each episode we discuss healthcare costs in America, offer tips for saving money and relevant news that affects and reflects the expense landscape of healthcare in the United States. Today’s topic is prescription costs. The United States does not regulate or negotiate the price of prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies are allowed to set their own prices for any given product, leading to excessive drug prices being the single largest area of healthcare overspending in the U.S. Many drugs cost over $120,000 per year. A few drugs even approach a million dollars annually.

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National Women’s Health Week 2022

This past Mother’s Day launched the 23rd annual National Women’s Health Week. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health, the goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and raise awareness of the steps one can take to improve their health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends many common measures such as proper health screenings, staying physically active, eating healthy, and promoting other healthy behaviors. Healthy behaviors include getting enough sleep, being tobacco-free, washing your hands, not texting while driving,  wearing a seatbelt, a bicycle helmet, or sunscreen when appropriate, and masks when social distancing isn’t possible. The Office on Women’s Health website has specific suggestions for women through their 20s to their 90s.

Women remain an underserved community with unique healthcare costs that are often overlooked by those drafting insurance guidelines. Women can face difficulty accessing healthcare, being

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Health Savings News – Episode 1: Follow Up Appointments

NeedyMeds is excited to launch our new podcast, Health Savings News! In the interest of making the podcast more accessible, we will post transcripts every two weeks as episodes release.

Evan (00:10):

Hello, and welcome to Health Savings News, the new podcast about healthcare costs in America and how to save money on the often expensive care all kinds of people need. I’m your host, Evan O’Connor, joined by retired doctors, Rich Sagall and Mike Woods. Do you guys want to introduce yourselves?

Rich (00:27):

This is Rich. My background is family medicine and occupational medicine, and I am also the co-founder and president of NeedyMeds.

Mike (00:39):

This is Mike Woods. I’m a pediatrician who’s been retired from practice for about 10 years. I’ve spent the time since then in multiple roles. One is a medical editor of patient education literature and a writer of topics for pediatric providers, helping them to keep up to date on the latest medical care. As the special projects coordinator here at NeedyMeds, Health Savings News is one of my special projects. I started researching

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About Us

Welcome to the NeedyMeds Voice! We look forward to presenting you with timely, provocative pieces on healthcare reform, patient advocacy, medication and healthcare access, and other health-related news. Our goals are to educate, enlighten, and elucidate; together, we will try to make sense of the myriad and ongoing healthcare-related changes in the U.S. today.