Tradeoffs America's costly and complicated health care system faces an enormous burden: fixing the flaws the pandemic has revealed in our health care system. Addressing these flaws will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.
Tradeoffs

Tradeoffs

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America's costly and complicated health care system faces an enormous burden: fixing the flaws the pandemic has revealed in our health care system. Addressing these flaws will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.

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