Practicing Medicine While Black

Practicing Medicine While Black
By Kip Sullivan, JD for The Health Care Blog The managed care movement thrives on misleading words and phrases. Perhaps the worst example is the incessant use of the word “quality” to characterize a problem that has multiple causes, only one of which might be inferior physician or hospital quality. [1] To illustrate with a ...

Doctor: National health care is a ‘moral imperative’

Doctor: National health care is a 'moral imperative'
By Jenny Gray for Fulton Sun This week, Dr. Robert Blake, emeritus professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, remembered a patient who died, but possibly could have lived a longer life. “He was a farmer and had high blood pressure,” Blake said. The farmer had an insurance policy with a ...

61% of hospital leaders say single-payer would help lower healthcare costs

61% of hospital leaders say single-payer would help lower healthcare costs
By Alia Paavola for Becker’s Hospital Review A new report from the New England Journal of Medicine-Catalysts about trends in payer-provider integration suggests that the industry is warming up to single-payer — with 61 percent of hospital leaders saying single-payer would boost the industry’s efforts to lower costs and provide better care. For its report, ...

A slim majority of Republicans now want single-payer too

A slim majority of Republicans now want single-payer too
By Emma Ockerman for Vice News It’s not just Sen. Bernie Sanders fanatics and DSA darlings pulling for expanding Medicare and developing a single-payer system. Apparently, some Republicans want it too. That’s according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found 51.9 percent of Republicans would embrace a Medicare-for-All policy, out of the 2,989 people who ...

Once Its Greatest Foes, Some Doctors Are Now Embracing Single-Payer

Once Its Greatest Foes, Some Doctors Are Now Embracing Single-Payer
By Shefali Luthra for Kaiser Health News When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change. Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long ...

Faith community must embrace single-payer health system

Faith community must embrace single-payer health system
NOTE: This article calls for faith communities to advocate for a national single payer healthcare system. If you are part of a faith community, perhaps you can organize your community to hold educational events about single payer health care. If you need help getting started, contact us at info@healthoverprofit.org. By Fran Quigley for National Catholic ...

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need
Letter to the Editor by Quinn Golden in Concord Monitor Our for-profit health care system is a national embarrassment. In health care, the same level of care should be provided to everyone regardless of income, social status, race, etc. Our current system of health care is not equitable. It is clear that our economically disadvantaged ...

Our health care system is killing us

Our health care system is killing us
By Jennifer Perkins, MD for Juneau Empire   How much longer are we going to tolerate incremental approaches to fix a broken health care system that feeds off disease and profits on the sick? Extremely high health care costs have become so common place that we rarely question them. News headlines flash “Plan to control ...

Providence Medical Group CEO: We’re 5-10 years out on single payer system

Providence Medical Group CEO: We're 5-10 years out on single payer system
By Morgan Haefner for Becker’s Hospital Review Payer mix changes, like a shift toward more patients in government programs, coupled with rising healthcare costs, mean change is likely coming for America’s healthcare payment system, according to the Beaverton Valley Times. Doug Koekkoek, MD, chief executive of Portland, Ore.-based Providence Medical Group, said a possible result ...

When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt

When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt
By Shefali Luthra for Modern Healthcare After a devastating horse-riding accident in 2017 landed him in the hospital for a month, requiring trauma care and hospital-based therapy, Jeff Woodard considered himself lucky. The bills amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Woodard’s employer-sponsored health insurance limited his out-of-pocket maximum payment to $5,000. He reached ...