The best health care systems in the world are national systems. France has the best medical outcomes world wide. Our US military is cutting edge with research and innovations right now that the civilian medical people are learning from. One source of payment doesn't make care worse, it improves it and cuts out the non contributary elements of the private health insurance administration and profits. Private health insurance adds nothing to our medical care. They just take needed money out of the system.-MRP
A doctor who stopped practicing medicine due to burnout and other factors notes this alarming statistic: the suicide rate among women physicians is more than two times that of women in the general population.
Margaret Reeve Panahi's insight:
I stopped practicing as a PCP (nurse practitioner) about 2 years ago.
His positions on guns are hardly radical or even activist and his views are consistent with those of the majority of Americans. Polling indicates that the public is far more supportive of new gun control laws than members of Congress or, certainly, the NRA.
Furthermore, Murthy’s views represent a consensus among medical professionals that gun violence is a major public health issue. Gun violence, including suicide, kills some 30,000 Americans every year, about the same number as car accidents. Cars are highly regulated for health and safety; guns, barely. Accordingly, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among many others, have called for stronger gun safety laws. It would be surprising if, as a doctor, Murthy did not have concerns about gun violence and the strength of current regulations.
The campaign against Dr. Vivek Murthy is the continuation of a longstanding effort to make discussion of gun violence taboo.
We can tally the deaths that we know are caused by denials of care or medical errors in the U.S. health care system, and those numbers are horrifying. Yet most of the American public doesn't pay much attention to the issue, and many only gripe about the health care system when their costs for maintaining health coverage or getting care exceed what is available in their personal budgets. We live in a highly individualistic and selfish society when it comes to many of life's most essential needs. And unless we can figure out a way to reward most Americans for having a sense of empathy toward those who are sick or weak, I am afraid it will be difficult to protect our current social safety net programs (including Medicare) or to reinvent our health care system without profit and business success as its primary motivations.
Step one involves a toothbrush, some dental floss, a little toothpaste and a commitment to use them a couple of times a day. It's also important to visit a dental professional for preventive care at least once a year. That last part is not so easy o...
Pharmaceutical company payments to health care professionals dropped between 2011 and 2012 among most of the companies and categories ProPublica tracks, driven in part by increased transparency as well as blockbuster drugs losing patent protection. Research payments, however, have increased among that group.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The FDA's standards for approving new drugs are inconsistent and lacking in important areas, according to an analysis conducted by researchers from Yale University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"Not all FDA approvals are created equally," researcher Nicholas Downing said.
According to the researchers, the study is the first to systematically examine the FDA's drug approval standards, and it calls into question the assumption that all drugs prescribed in the United States are safe or effective.
William Rivers Pitt: Abandoning the concept of single-payer health care is the Original Sin of the Affordable Care Act.
Margaret Reeve Panahi's insight:
This is an incredible story/report. I am also going through process of getting insurance through the ACA and have had the same experiences, but have not been enrolled yet. I need to be enrolled ASAP, and started this process in Dec. of 2013. This report, however is about the larger picture, and I couldn't agree more.
By David Sims The Chief-Leader (New York), March 3, 2014
The Affordable Care Act’s changes to the nation’s health-care business mean good and bad things for organized labor, but a Feb. 27 LaborPress event on its impact focused more on pushing for a single-payer system in the state to relieve the increased pressure on unions.
The event, hosted by the District Council of Carpenters, featured union leaders and health-care administrators debating the new landscape as New York State begins selling health-care plans on the open marketplace as part of the exchanges offered under the ACA.
Sullivan is especially dismayed that so many Republican governors have refused to expand the Medicaid program to bring more low-incomes individuals and families into coverage, as the Affordable Care Act makes possible....
WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - More than half of U.S. doctors now favor switching to a national health care plan and fewer than a third oppose the idea, according to a survey published on Monday...
"Across the board, more physicians feel that our fragmented and for-profit insurance system is obstructing good patient care, and a majority now support national insurance as the remedy," Ackermann said in a statement.
The Indiana survey found that 83 percent of psychiatrists, 69 percent of emergency medicine specialists, 65 percent of pediatricians, 64 percent of internists, 60 percent of family physicians and 55 percent of general surgeons favor a national health insurance plan.
A 20 year-old man came down with appendicitis in October of this year. He posted the bill on Reddit and it has gone viral. The US Health Care system is a topic of much debate, not only in the US but around the world. A lot of countries get ‘free’ health care, so needless to say, this has stirr
Rising medical bills are likely to force many people to file for bankruptcy—making it the single biggest cause of such filings, according to new data from NerdWallet. Even those with health insurance are buckling under mounting bills.
Margaret Reeve Panahi's insight:
This is the only country in the world where medical bankruptcy exists.
An Oxford scholar warns that our outmoded economic model is a “warrant for inflicting pain” first on the poor and minorities and eventually on most of society. - 2014/03/02
OXFORD, England—The morning after my Feb. 20 debate at the Oxford Union, I walked from my hotel along Oxford’s narrow cobblestone streets, past its storied colleges with resplendent lawns and Gothic stone spires, to meet Avner Offer, an economic historian and Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History.
Offer, the author of “The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain Since 1950,” for 25 years has explored the cavernous gap between our economic and social reality and our ruling economic ideology. Neoclassical economics, he says, is a “just-world theory,” one that posits that not only do good people get what they deserve but those who suffer deserve to suffer. He says this model is “a warrant for inflicting pain.” If we continue down a path of mounting scarcities, along with economic stagnation or decline, this neoclassical model is ominous. It could be used to justify repression in an effort to sustain a vision that does not correspond to the real world.
Editor's note: The following is excerpted from "Beyond Religion" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Margaret Reeve Panahi's insight:
Beautiful and very needed wisdom from H.H. the Dalai Lama. The whole excerpt is most powerful when read in full.- Margaret
'Beyond Religion': the Dalai Lama's Secular Ethics (EXCERPT from the book) follows.
"It is clear that something is seriously lacking in the way we humans are going about things. But what is it that we lack? The fundamental problem, I believe, is that at every level we are giving too much attention to the external material aspects of life while neglecting moral ethics and inner values.
By inner values I mean the qualities that we all appreciate in others, and toward which we all have a natural instinct, bequeathed by our biological nature as animals that survive and thrive only in an environment of concern, affection and warmheartedness -- or in a single word, compassion. The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being."
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"A study by Medicare’s inspector general of skilled nursing facilities says nearly 22,000 patients were injured and more than 1,500 died in a single month — a higher rate of medical errors than hospitals....
Dr. Jonathan Evans, president of the American Medical Directors Association, a group focused on nursing home care, said while he doesn’t dispute the estimates in the inspector general’s report, they are typical of problems that exist throughout the health care sector.
Evans said that patients receiving skilled nursing care are leaving hospitals sooner and that many are not medically stable and have more intensive needs. Nursing homes, originally designed for long-term patients who did not need intensive care, and have been slow to adapt, Evans added.
“You have a system of long-term care that’s trying to retrofit to be a system for post-acute care,” he said. “The resources to care for them and commitment from those sending them from one facility to another haven’t kept pace.”