"This is not what we need, a mandate that says everyone needs to buy health insurance. What is really needed is control of our healthcare. We have, for too long, allowed the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies to lobby congress on their behalf and "offering" incentives to the politicians to vote in their favor. I understood at one time this was a Government by the people and for the people! What happened? Do our representatives hear us? It appears that money talks louder than the people."
Last September, we blogged about the record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, a statistic of the U.S. Census Bureau. Since that time, the number has risen to 49.1 million. How does the Census Bureau measure poverty ...
Julie Castro is a young doctor from France, a country that proves that it is possible for a nation to offer quality health care for all. All legal residents have access to coverage, and immigrants gain the right to access after three ...
France seems to be THE best health care system, by all standards, in the world, at this time. What do they know that we don't?
Why don't we use scientific methods to compare medical outcomes, patient experiences, and costs, from different single payer (Universal Care) countries with ours to see how this for-profit system measures up? What do we have to lose and what could we gain?-MRP
Aaron Carroll's Analysis of Single Payer and Wait Times. (This is a repost from my other blog.) Aaron Carroll at The Incidental Economist has a good analysis of waiting times in the US and in other countries with universal ...
-Once and for all: There is no such a thing a 'moderately equitable' or 'equitable inequalities'. 1. Equality is achieved in situations in which all persons in a society enjoy equal (the same) access to available goods and services ...
"But we also seek better health for all because it is the right thing to do. When another human being is sick or in pain or goes without essential preventive services, they shouldn’t have to pass some test to be able to get the care they need.
Everyone has a basic right to health care. This is a principle that all people should share and all nations should strive for." K. Sebelius
"Panel discussion “Breaking Down Barriers: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination in Health Care for LGBT Persons”. 65th World Health Assembly. Geneva, Switzerland. May 21, 2012."
Some patients going home earlier than they should is unsettling.
Do you know what it is like to be too weak to get your own antibiotics and drinks of water after being discharged from the hospital? Too sick to get to the pharmacy to get new bandages for your oozing wound, so you end up back in the ED with a worsened infection, driven by ambulance this time, with a more severe illness upon readmission? That was my patients' experience and that is what it means to be discharged too early and end up being re-admitted to the hospital. You are in worse health, more miserable, and scared.-MRP
The burden of rising health care costs falls not just on individuals—half of all personal bankruptcies are at least partly due to medical expenses—but also on US companies. At General Motors, health care costs put the ...
Working on spreading the Community Health Care worker model, a Partners in Health innovation, to more parts of the US. The program, PACT, is already working in Massachusetts.
"The institute’s findings are alarming in two respects. Not only have improvements in US life expectancy lagged behind those in Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and elsewhere, but there are vast disparities from county to county in how long Americans can expect to live—sometimes varying by as much as 16 years."
It’s hardly news that the Great Recession pushed millions of Americans into poverty. In 2010, “poverty” meant having an income of less than $22,113 for a family of four; 15.1 percent of Americans were below that line.
That's why Single Payer Action organized 50 medical doctors to resist Obama's mandate – and filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike it down. page0001. Pointing out that Congress had another way ...
Not sure how I feel about this amicus, but I am glad that it was done.
Dr. Arnold S.Relman and Dr. Marcia Angell, both former editors of The New England Journal of Medicine, continue to advocate against the “commercial exploitation of medicine."
Excerpt from article by ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D., New York Times
Their joint crusade, stated repeatedly in editorials for the journal and since expanded in books and dozens of articles in the lay press, is against for-profit medicine, especially its ancillary profit centers of commercial insurance and drug manufacture — in Dr. Relman’s words, “the people who are making a zillion bucks out of the commercial exploitation of medicine.”
Some have dismissed the pair as medical Don Quixotes, comically deluded figures tilting at benign features of the landscape. Others consider them first responders in what has become a battle for the soul of American medicine.
They met almost 50 years ago. He was a star of the academic medical scene in Boston, a Brooklyn boy who wanted to be a philosopher but had to make a living. She was born in Tennessee and raised in Virginia, worked in microbiology labs through college and after, then landed in medical school at Boston University, an older student and one of 8 women in a class of 80. [MORE]
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