Category: Health Savings News Podcast

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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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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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.