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Universal medical care, poverty in the USA, and some solutions
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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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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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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 7, 2014 9:28 AM

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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This is great.

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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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Battle in Belhaven: Health Care Conflict Boils Over as Mayor Is Barred From Crucial Meeting

From Story of America by Eric Byler and Annabel Parks

 

Feb. 25, 2014 - Belhaven, NC | Vidant Health, a system of hospitals serving 29 counties in North Carolina's "Black Belt," announced six months ago that it would be closing the Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, NC, which they had purchased two years earlier.

When they obtained the hospital from Pungo Creek, LLC, Vidant Health signed a contract promising that the hospital would remain open, and promising to improve services. The purpose of this meeting was to hear a proposal from Rural Community Hospitals of America (RCHA) contradicting Vidant Health's claim that the hospital cannot be run more efficiently. 

In early January, Belhaven's Mayor, Adam O'Neal, had asked the Belhaven Town Council to approve funds that would allow RCHA to conduct an in-depth study of Vidant Pungo Hospital's financial situation. RCHA has had success providing health care in North Carolina's less populated areas, and came back with a business plan asserting it could do the same in Belhaven.

 

MORE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMsj2FPZSs&list=PL-3rkJCyh1boH9TqPqMg8-CAsUIOaHH9I&feature=share

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 The essence of the private ownership of medical care in the USA, depicted perfectly, intimately, and in the moment. Excellent film. Profit runs the system. Lives are expendable and secondary to short term financial gain. Really sickening.-Margaret Reeve Panahi

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Hey You. Your Government is Bought. Ready to Do Something About It?

Hey You. Your Government is Bought. Ready to Do Something About It? | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

 is4 minutes | You shouldn’t have to buy access to your own government. That’s why we’re building a movement big enough to force our leaders to stop answering to special-interest cronies and start answering to...

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Healthcare is a human right. Let's see if we can get  that for our country, too. Let's get a country of, by, and for the people.

 

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Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On

Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.

 

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Housing First is a program here in Boston that is so sensible!  One's health stays better and recovers better when living in a safe and warm place, of course!  

We humans need basic needs met first-food, shelter, water, safety, great medical and dental care, and community to survive.  We die earlier and suffer more when we are without any of these elements.

We have the means, as a nation, to do this for everyone. 

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Dana Hoffman, Thank you for reading and you are very welcome.
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Compassion for each of us is needed desperately now.

Compassion for each of us is needed desperately now. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
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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.

 

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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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Spot on!

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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.

 

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Brilliant truth from Paul Farmer

Brilliant truth from Paul Farmer | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it

I posted this here last year, but I still love it, and love seeing it again. 

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Future of Nursing Scholars

Future of Nursing Scholars | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
The goal of this program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.
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This sounds like a great opportunity to help shape our medical future...

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This is what income inequality looks like for many kids. Snow days can be hungry days.

This is what income inequality looks like for many kids. Snow days can be hungry days. | Medical Rescue: Healthcare Needed | Scoop.it
When bad weather shuts down school or delays its openings, it locks out many needy kids from a key source of nutrition. Some 70 percent of U.S. schoolchildren who eat school lunches get them for free or at reduced prices.
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