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A Doctor Asks The Hard Questions, About Money


You want your doctor to ask you how you feel, not how much money you've got. But would it help? We go down that road with Dr. Michael Stein, an MD who began listening to his patients as they described their financial situations, and how they frame the questions of health care (or not getting it).

It would make a difference in their health if they could not afford to buy the medication he prescribed, so he kept asking questions. The answers he got are contained Stein's book Broke: Patients Talk About Money With Their Doctor.

He changed details about them to protect their privacy, and he joins us with an overview.

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