Podcast Episode: Dr. O’Connor hosts panel discussing how the perception of risk in surgery can widen health disparities.

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Risk is an intrinsic part of medical decision making. Every drug and every procedure must justify their benefit relative to any risks involved, so healthcare providers are very conscious of these risks and outcomes. In this podcast discussion with a panel of fellow orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Mary O’Connor (Yale New Haven Hospital) leads a discussion about ways that perceptions of risk can influence medical practice when additional financial consequences are added to the mix – a result of changing reimbursement and payment models. When patients are not considered an acceptable risk for surgery, does the selection and rejection assessment introduce bias, and are certain patient populations disadvantaged by this process? Featuring Dr. Ramon Jimenez, Dr. Charles Nelson, and Dr. Chick Yates.