'Podnosis': Is virtual-first care here to stay, and what can be done about skyrocketing US drug prices

The pandemic led to an explosion in telehealth use. Now, as we start going back into the doctor’s office, more people are still using telehealth than ever would have before the pandemic. As insurers and plan sponsors look to cash in on this shift to virtual care, Paige Minemyer interviews Teladoc's Rob Bressler about the challenge of striking the balance between virtual care and traditional brick-and-mortar services. 

Also on "Podnosis," Anastassia Gliadkovskaya spoke with Mariana Socal, M.D., Ph.D., physician and Johns Hopkins scientist, about tackling the drug pricing crisis in the U.S, where prices are among the highest in the world. A 2018 Department of Health and Human Services study found that drugs in the U.S. were between 170% and 779% more expensive than in the 32 other similar countries included in the research. We dig into ways to make drugs more affordable, like switching up PBMs' business model and efforts like billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban's new company Cost Plus Drugs. 

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