April 9, 2021

Why Your Care Costs So Much

Why Your Care Costs So Much

You may have seen Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon Dr. Marty Makary all over the national news this week, and he also joins the Patients Rising Podcast to talk with us about the winners and losers in the healthcare system, why doctors would rather spend time with you but are bogged down with paperwork, and how technology and healthcare reform could help. 

Plus Kate Pecora speaks with cystic fibrosis advocate Kori Tolbert on a cross-country move just to receive treatment. Plus a tip from the Patients Rising Concierge Desk on locating family members within the hospital system. 


Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H.

Surgical Oncologist, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author and leading voice for transparency in health care. He is the recipient of the 2020 Business Book of the Year Award for The Price We Pay. A professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he has published over 250 scientific articles on the redesign of healthcare, medical innovation, and vulnerable populations. Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of Medpage Today. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator. 

Clinically, Dr. Makary practices pancreas surgery and has pioneered novel operations at Johns Hopkins.  He is the recipient of the Nobility in Science Award from the National Pancreas Foundation and has been a visiting professor at over 20 medical schools.


Dr. Marty Makary

The Price We Pay

John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2021

Discrimination in the Doctor’s Office

Black Woman Ignored - Ends up with Stage 3 Cancer

She’s 14 months old and needs a drug that costs $2.1 million to save her life

AbCellera’s COVID-19 treatment is saving lives in the U.S. In Canada, it’s sitting in storage. 

GAO Report on Federal Contributions to Remdesivir 

Kori Tolbert 

Patients Rising Concierge 

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