Medical Matters: The 2014 "Paying Till It Hurts" Series in The New York Times

Sep 15, 2015

Medical Matters has returned! The popular "program about health care and the human condition" -- created here at Public Radio Tulsa by host John Schumann and editor/producer Scott Gregory -- began a four-episode limited series on Thursday, September 10th.

You can hear a free mp3 stream of that first show (from 9/10/15) at the audio link below; subsequent shows will air at noon on KWGS 89.5 FM on 9/17, 9/24, and 10/1. And please note that each of our Thursday-at-noon shows will then be re-aired the following day, Friday, at 8pm.

For Show # 1 in our third season, we listened back to a conversation that we had about about a year ago with journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times. She wrote the "Paying Till It Hurts" series of articles that ran in The Times last year. This series looked at health care costs from many different perspectives; Rosenthal is now converting the series into a book.

Also on our program, we spoke with Gary Schwitzer (founder and editor of for a consideration of recent trends and transgressions in medical journalism, and Shara Yurkiewicz read her personal essay, "Post-Operative Check," which went viral after it appeared on a NPR health & science blog.