The Future of US Healthcare (HLOL #81)

Dr. G. Timothy Johnson is one of the nation’s leading medical communicators of health care information. As former Chief Medical Editor for ABC News for 25 years, Dr. Johnson provided on-air medical analysis for “Good Morning America,” “World News,” “Nightline” and “20/20.” He is the author of several publications including a new book, The Truth About Getting Sick in America. Deservedly so, Dr. Johnson is the recipient of many prestigious awards.

In this podcast, Dr. Johnson talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • Three big problems facing US healthcare today. And how these problems compare to those in other developed countries.
  • Ways that patients, family members, health literacy advocates, healthcare providers, librarians, business leaders, the media, and others can help.
  • Outlook for years ahead—with a dose of pessimism and glimmers of hope.

More Ways to Learn:

  • Johnson T, (2010). The Truth About Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Health Care and What We Can Do. Hyperion: New York, NY.
  • Groopman J, Hartzband P (2011). Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You. Penguin Press HC.
  • “Treating You Better for Less” (June 2, 2012). New York Times editorial.

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 1, 13, 27, 41.

Read a transcript of this podcast.

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