Health Savings News – Episode 20: Counterfeit Medications

Note: This is a rough transcript of episode 20 of Health Savings News and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form.   Evan (00:10): 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. Each episode we discuss healthcare costs in America, offer our tips for saving money, and relevant news that affects and reflects the expensive landscape of healthcare […]

Thank a Pharmacist For Their Role in Community Health

National Pharmacist Day, celebrated annually on January 12, honors pharmacists across different specialties and in every setting by recognizing the impact they have in healthcare. There were approximately 312,550 pharmacists in the United States as of the most recent census, many of whom have been vital to the public’s health and wellbeing — long before the ongoing pandemic.   Pharmacists are a vital part of healthcare teams and often rank among the most trusted professions, with survey respondents rating the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “high” or “very high.” Pharmacists not only check and dispense medications for patients; […]

Health Savings News – Episode 19: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Note: This is a rough transcript of episode 19 of Health Savings News and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. Evan (00:10): 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.  How are you guys doing today?  Mike: Good. Rich:  Good, and yourself?  Evan: I’m doing all right. Each episode we discuss healthcare costs in America, offer our […]

State of Healthcare 2022

2022 is coming to a close, leaving behind many challenges to healthcare in the United States. The changes to reproductive freedom and attacks on gender affirming healthcare all while the COVID-19 pandemic rages in its third year while being systematically ignored/normalized have greatly affected how people access healthcare and how much it costs. People in the United States continue to count healthcare costs as a major concern.   In the final days of 2021, we were beginning to see the effects of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Even with the new highly transmissible variant, the CDC cut isolation/quarantine […]

Health Savings News – Episode 18: Social Determinants of Health

Note: This is a rough transcript of episode 18 of Health Savings News and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. 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.  How are you guys doing today?  Mike (00:23): Good. Rich (00:24): Doing well. Evan (00:25): Each episode we discuss healthcare costs in America, offer tips for saving […]

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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.