One of the biggest issues people in America face today is how the healthcare system hides pricing from its customers, the patients. In no other industry do you blindly hire someone for a service and agree to pay whatever price they deem appropriate after the service is completed. If you were to hire a person to build a fence, there’s no way to know how many nails or screws he or she will use or break, but what if there was a service fee for each one? This is how the healthcare system works. Surprises at every turn are ensuring that the only person that isn’t doing well financially in this process is the patent. This is where Dr. Marty Makary can help you become a much more savvy consumer of healthcare services. He and Dr. Meeker talk about how you as a patient, or parent of a patient, can be sure you aren’t being unnecessarily overcharged when you visit a hospital. Also in this episode, Dr. Meg will give you her points to ponder and answers a question from a parent about their 4-year-old son that sometimes likes to play in his mother’s dresses. If you have a question you want Dr. Meeker to answer in a future episode, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and listen to see if your question is featured next! 0:00 – AD – MEL SCIENCE MEL Science is a chemistry subscription service that sends you monthly experiments to do with your child. It’s a great way to engage kids in science early, educate them in a joyful manner, and get them to conduct real scientific experiments with their own hands. Get 25% off plus a FREE starter kit, a FREE virtual reality headset and FREE shipping, when you text GREAT to 64-000 00:42 – AD – BETTER HELP TeenCounseling.com connects your 13 to 19-year-old with a licensed professional counselor right where they spend most of their time, on their smartphone. Simply complete a short questionnaire and you'll be matched with a skilled therapist in TeenCounseling.com’s network of specialists. Then, once you review their credentials and approve, the counselor and your teen will begin communicating directly. Visit TeenCounseling.com/megand help your teen take charge of their mental health. Parenting Great Kids listeners can get 10% off your first month! 1:53 – WELCOME Dr. Meg introduces the topic “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You – Part 2.” She also teases her conversation with Dr. Daniel Amen, her points to ponder, as well as a question from a parent about their 4-year-old son that sometimes likes to play in his mother’s dresses. 3:14 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MARTY MAKARY (PART 1) Dr. Meg talks with Dr. Marty Makary about how confusing and hidden hospital pricing can be and how you can be a smarter patient when you have to deal with hospital billing. 12:26 – AD – KIWI CO KiwiCo creates super cool, hands-on projects for kids that make learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math fun! KiwiCo’s mission is to provide the next generation of innovators with the tools and foundation they need to become creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. KiwiCo is offering Parenting Great Kids listeners the opportunity to try them for free. Visit kiwico.com/meg to find out more about their projects for kids! 13:52 – AD – ROTHY’S It’s no surprise Rothy’s has over 1,000 nearly perfect reviews. They’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, washable, really they’re the perfect flats for life on-the-go. Check out all the amazing styles available right now at Rothys.com/MEG. Comfort, style, and sustainability – these are the shoes you’ve been waiting for! Head to Rothys.com/MEG today! 15:15 – A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MARTY MAKARY (PART 2) Dr. Meg talks with Dr. Marty Makary about how confusing and hidden hospital pricing can be and how you can be a smarter patient when you have to deal with hospital billing. 20:55 – POINTS TO PONDER Dr. Meg gives you her points to ponder as you learn more about holding hospitals accountable for their billing. 22:44 – LET’S GET SOCIAL Dr. Meeker answers a question from a parent about their 4-year-old son that sometimes likes to play in his mother’s dresses. 25:45 – PARENT PEP RALLY 26:38 – FROM THE PRODUCER Thanks for listening to Episode 93, Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You – Part 2 and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach almost FOUR MILLION downloads! Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! Get Social with Dr. Meg on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @MegMeekerMD Have a parenting question? Write Dr. Meg at email@example.com and she could answer your question during the show or you can let us know what you’d like to hear about in a future episode! Dr. Meg’s parenting resources and tools are available at www.megmeekermd.com and click on “Parenting Resources”. Subscribe, rate, and leave a review for us on iTunes! 27:02 – END See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.