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Forgotten America

Jul 20, 2021

Robert Graboyes, a healthcare economist for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins Garrett today to discuss the health care system in America. He talks about its purpose, why it’s broken, how being a doctor is similar to and different from being a pilot, and the high stakes of getting it right. They also discuss such topics as innovation in health care, which level of government should be responsible for health care regulation and reform, and the history and effects of certificate of need laws. If you are constantly frustrated by American health care, this is the episode for you. 

Mercatus Center at George Mason University - 

Twitter - @robert_graboyes 

Read Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care - 

The Dubious Case for Professional Licensing by Uwe Reinhardt - 

You can buy a copy of David Goldhill’s Catastrophic Care on Amazon. 

Washington Post: “7 experts try to answer who has the world’s best health-care system” 

Robert also hosts his own podcast called Fortress and Frontier. You can listen to his episode with Dr. Devi Shetty here. 

Learn more about the Healthcare Openness and Access Project on Mercatus’ website. 

Find more information on the Night Scout project at 

Read more about how certificate of need laws led to an infant’s death in Virginia 

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The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol 

The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol

Deep Medicine by Eric Topol

The Innovator’s Prescription by Christensen, Grossman, and Mwang