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Rethinking Rx

NZ Federal Budget Expected To Reveal Surplus And New Spending

One thing often gets left out of the continued debate over healthcare: the care part.

As Congress weighs how best to insure Americans, some doctors are placing renewed focus on better medical treatment by connecting the dots between what happens in the exam room and America’s growing problem with addiction to prescription pain medicine.

A panel of physicians join us to discuss inefficient exams, malpractice and why pain can be a good thing.


Robert Pearl, MD, former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group; author, “Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care – And Why We’re Usually Wrong;” @RobertPearlMD

Victoria Sweet, Associate clinical professor of medicine at UC San Francisco; author, “Slow Medicine: The Way To Healing;” former physician

Aneesh Singla, MD, pain physician; author, “Why it Hurts: a Physician’s Insights on the Purpose of Pain;” @aneeshsinglamd

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