Providing Light to the ‘Dark Side’ of Health Insurance (Special Edition - Part 1)

August 11, 2018
In this special edition podcast, Dr. Jonathan Burke explains why he chose to stop being a full-time primary care physician and change careers to join the proverbial “dark side” of health insurance. His response, “I was struggling with how medicine was practiced, the hamster wheel…[and] I hoped that I would be able to…change how things might work in the future.” In part one of the two-part series, Dr. Burke shares stories and answers questions (e.g., &ldqu...
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Trust, Forgiveness & Medical Mistakes

August 03, 2018
Since the moment of her birth, Abbie has been the recipient of multiple medical errors. Approximately 700 medical mistakes occur each day in the United States (, leading to death.  Despite experiencing a near-death mistake herself, Abbie forgave and continues to trust in the primary care physician who caused it. After the most recent mistake by another physician, however, Abbie questions if forgiveness is possible and inst...
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I Just Don’t Understand! Increasing Your Health Literacy

July 28, 2018
Do you sometimes feel confused by what your doctor says or have difficulty understanding the directions on a prescription label?  You are not alone.  Approximately 77 million people have basic or below basic health literacy ( and even the podcast interviewee herself, Dr. Ashwini admits, “As a physician [I am health literate] maybe most of the time”. To explain complex concepts to her patients she draws images on the examination table paper and urges ot...
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The Anomalous, Chronic Patient & His Autoimmune Journey

July 21, 2018
When Michael is told, “We don’t know what to do with you because most people don’t live that long,” he realizes he’s lucky to be alive and he’s become an anomalous patient in the healthcare system. After 11 surgeries, losing 42 lbs. in eight days, multiple medical diagnoses (e.g., Crohn’s disease) and 31 years with a partial digestive system, his motto is “My body still works…with what it has”.  Michael details the vari...
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Forgetting Parents

July 14, 2018
There are more than 49 million U.S. residents 65 years or older and many live with undiagnosed medical conditions, leaving children and other family members with added responsibilities and questions. This can be especially difficult when a parent lives far away. Dr. Kevin McNeill recounts the overlooked signs of his mother’s undiagnosed dementia and how his father compensated for his mother’s memory loss. He provides insights as his mother’s caregiver and as a family medicin...
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