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A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare's reforms are a welcome but small step. To give all Americans healthcare as a right, we need a fair, efficient solution...

 

It is unconscionable that in one of the most advanced nations in the world, there are nearly 50 million people who lack health insurance and millions more who have burdensome co-payments and deductibles. In fact, some 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not get to a doctor when they should. In terms of life expectancy, infant mortality and other health outcomes, the United States lags behind almost every other advanced country.

Despite this unimpressive record, the US spends almost twice as muchper person on healthcare as any other nation. As a result of an incredibly wasteful, bureaucratic, profit-making and complicated system, the US spends 17% of its gross domestic product – approximately $2.7tn annually– on healthcare. While insurance companies, drug companies, private hospitals and medical equipment suppliers make huge profits, Americans spend more and get less for their healthcare dollars.

What should the US be doing to improve this abysmal situation?

 

 

More:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/30/single-payer-cure-healthcare-reform

 

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 In fact, some 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not get to a doctor when they should. In terms of life expectancy, infant mortality and other health outcomes, the United States lags behind almost every other advanced country.

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PNHP: From the internationally renowned economist, Dr. Hsaio

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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

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Why I Left Medicine: A Burnt-Out Doctor’s Decision To Quit

Why I Left Medicine: A Burnt-Out Doctor’s Decision To Quit | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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.
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I stopped practicing as a PCP (nurse practitioner) about 2 years ago. 

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The Joy and Resolve of a Movement Built on Creative Resistance

The Joy and Resolve of a Movement Built on Creative Resistance | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Art has added vitality and energy to advocacy; and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels and in their hearts conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
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This is a wonderful article. It brings home just how well artistic people have delivered the messages that needed to be heard. The meme of Occupy Wall Street has planted the images of the 99% and the 1% into millions of minds around the country.  The many images talented people have delivered  capture that concept  and spread this awareness quickly through images they felt expressed the truth about the idea of money buying influence and shaping policy and our lives.

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Why the NRA Is Blocking Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com

Why the NRA Is Blocking Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

 

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.

 

MORE:http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/23/why-the-nra-is-blocking-obama’s-surgeon-general-nominee/

 

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What doctor WOULDN"T consider gun violence a public health risk????

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Health Law Helper - Consumer Reports

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Simple. No personal info requested or required.

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When the US Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Still Cares Enough to Fight?

When the US Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Still Cares Enough to Fight? | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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by Donna Smith

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.

 

MORE:http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/19-9

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Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars

Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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...
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Doctor who schooled U.S. senator ‘thrilled’ by Canadian support

Doctor who schooled U.S. senator ‘thrilled’ by Canadian support | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Dr. Danielle Martin knows Canadians are proud of the country’s universal health care. She is too.
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Doctor Payments on the Decline

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by Eric Sagara, ProPublica
March 11, 2014

 

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. 

 

MORE:https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/d4d-slopegraph

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This is so great.  Public exposure is having its effect, and improving the system, but we're not out of the water yet, research payments have increased during the same time.

Thanks ProPublica!

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Yale study spotlights FDA's ineffectiveness in ensuring drug safety

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Yale study spotlights FDA's ineffectiveness in ensuring drug safety

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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.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044189_fda_drug_safety_yale_study.html##ixzz2vcRdQwZu

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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.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044189_fda_drug_safety_yale_study.html##ixzz2vcRdQwZu

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The Video You Need To See Before You Spend Another Second Arguing About Health Care

The Video You Need To See Before You Spend Another Second Arguing About Health Care | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
There's a reason Congress had to sneak this through in the middle of the night.
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The cycle of corruption and a major financial windfall for the pharmaceutical industry.

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William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than the Mob: The Insurance Industry Is Organized Crime

William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than the Mob: The Insurance Industry Is Organized Crime | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
William Rivers Pitt: Abandoning the concept of single-payer health care is the Original Sin of the Affordable Care Act.
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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.

 

 

Full article link:http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22279-william-rivers-pitt-worse-than-the-mob-the-insurance-industry-is-organized-crime

 

P.S. This week my family received temporary insurance coverage which provides help until we are enrolled in a connector plan.  It is a huge relief and we are so thankful.- Margaret

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Sizing up Obamacare, unions urging unified push for single-payer system | Physicians for a National Health Program

Sizing up Obamacare, unions urging unified push for single-payer system | Physicians for a National Health Program | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

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.

 

MORE:http://www.pnhp.org/news/2014/march/sizing-up-obamacare-unions-urging-unified-push-for-single-payer-system#.UxYVKhMjqYY.scoopit

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Bush Health Secretary Louis Sullivan Is One Republican Who Supports Obamacare

Bush Health Secretary Louis Sullivan Is One Republican Who Supports Obamacare | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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....
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US doctors support universal health care - survey

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.

 

MORE:http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/03/31/idUSN31432035

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Some Guy Posted His Hospital Bill Online. You’ll See Why Everyone’s Talking About It.

Some Guy Posted His Hospital Bill Online. You’ll See Why Everyone’s Talking About It. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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
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The Myth of Maximizing Shareholder Value

The Myth of Maximizing Shareholder Value | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
So many of the assertions made about ''maximizing shareholder value'' are false that they should be assumed to be a lie until proven otherwise.
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Fighting poverty is knowing what is going on!

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Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies: Study

Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies: Study | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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.
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This is the only country in the world where medical bankruptcy exists.

Really.  It is unheard of anywhere else.

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Healthcare-NOW! - The Single Payer Movement Expands

From Healthcare Finance News - Even as the Affordable Care Act is in its nascent stages, some states are already looking toward 2017 when they can request
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The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath

The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
The high price of commonly used medications for conditions like asthma contributes heavily to health care costs and certainly causes more widespread anguish.
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Important info about the exorbitant  cost of asthma medication here vs. the cost in other countries. 

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Mass-Care

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Mass-Care posted this photo on 2014-03-12. 

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Suffering? Well, You Deserve It: Chris Hedges

Suffering? Well, You Deserve It: Chris Hedges | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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.

 

Read more at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/suffering_well_you_deserve_it_20140302

 


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This is an article well worth anyone's time to read. I wish everyone could read it and consider what it has to say, even if they may not agree with it today.

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The Dalai Lama Moves 'Beyond Religion' . Excerpt from this book is copied below.

The Dalai Lama Moves 'Beyond Religion' . Excerpt from this book is copied below. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The following is excerpted from "Beyond Religion" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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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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Third World Health Care - Knoxville, Tennessee Edition

Aasif Mandvi visits an impoverished, underdeveloped locale with shocking health care conditions.
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Community-Wealth.org: Wealth-Building Strategies for America's Communities

Community-Wealth.org: Wealth-Building Strategies for America's Communities | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
Comprehensive information on state-of-the-art strategies for democratic, community-based economic development, including community development corporations, employee-owned firms, land trusts, non-profit organizations, co-ops, universities, and more.
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Check out their site at:http://community-wealth.org/

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One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

By Marshall Allen
ProPublica, March 3, 2014

 

"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.”

 

More:http://www.propublica.org/article/one-third-of-skilled-nursing-patients-harmed-in-treatment

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