5. Require increased transparency in health care pricing. 6. Teach doctors to collaborate rather than to compete. They must stand together in the health care debate, offering solutions rather than capitulating to lobbyists and insurance companies. 7. Educate the public on the issues doctors and patients face from today’s inefficient health
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The female body is very different than the male body. I would like some women at the head of the table, helping me navigate my health needs who get it. There are brilliant women in the health care industry. They are smart, passionate, and innovative – hire them to lead. Wendy Hind is a health …
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Health care remains the nation’s top voting issue ahead of the 2020 elections, just as it was during the 2018 midterms. Surveys show voters remain frustrated with high drug prices, growing out-of-pocket expenses, and skimpy health-insurance benefits. The leading candidates have publicly promised to fix these problems, but all are omitting certain details about their health …
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With COVID-19 vaccines being administered to our front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic. Yet, given the time-limited nature of the vaccine’s development, we have yet to learn the extent to which vaccinated people can spread the virus.
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Disparities in rural health care have been well established with respect to socioeconomic status, race, and geography. COVID-19 brought these disparities to the surface within most rural communities in the United States, highlighting the limited access to health …
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Next in a series.. In my previous post, I explained the basics of my Healthcare Incentives Framework, which enumerates the jobs we want a health care system to do for us and links them to the parties in the health care system that have the greatest incentive to fulfill those jobs.If you haven’t read that post, I recommend you read it first. For those who have, here’s a refresher:
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The health care spending problem of the U.S. is largely a political choice; we have extraordinarily high prices on everything from physician salaries to pharmaceuticals. While some of these high prices may spur innovation (i.e., pharmaceuticals), the cost of spending nearly 20 percent of our GDP on health care means less money for everything else.
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Because the American health care system meets its diverse multicultural population with one-size-fits-all care. In other words, the standard of care, which leaves millions of Americans behind, is not culturally relevant care.
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Health care pricing is currently a smoldering mixture of ill-conceived cost-based pricing with twisted value-based pricing components. For simplicity purposes, let’s examine the pricing of physician services. As for all health care, the pricing of physician services is driven by Medicare.
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Pareto’s principle also has become a popular area of focus in the world of business and management. Named after the 19th century Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, in a nutshell the principle is as follows: 80 percent of effects always come from 20 percent of the causes.
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Health care is run by insurance companies who have every incentive and motive to collect premiums from everyday Americans and make billions of dollars in profit. Still, they will fight tooth and nail to pay as little or nothing at all in reimbursement.
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Insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers are likely to cheer his proposed efforts to make individual market policies more attractive––and thereby enable insurers to sell more policies in a more stable market and have those private policies pay providers for more care at commercial reimbursement rates.
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As health care workers, we need to take a deeper look within and ask better questions. Stephanie L. Kokseng is an internal medicine physician. Image credit: Shutterstock.com
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In health care, we have started to recognize that the disadvantaged are among those with the worst health outcomes, that perhaps we do need to devote more resources to “underserved medicine” from case workers or community health workers on the ground to a new generation of medical school graduates that are educated in health disparities and interested in doing all they can to combat it.
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We need to allocate and deploy resources to the people and programs in health care doing the work of healing our nation. We need to provide a “self-care as health care” optimal health system, which is educative, accessible, preventative, and patient-centered. This is what a successful health care system looks like.
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These measures create efficiencies in the system, but the unintended consequences of such practices include empty, impersonal patient encounters where mediocrity is the accepted norm. We’ve created a health care Walmart — efficient and acceptable but mediocre, instead of personalized and thoughtfully engaged health care.
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Establishing health goals is one of the most powerful practices at a yearly preventive visit. It allows patients and physicians to work as a team examining patients’ current state of health– their capabilities, strengths, resources, weaknesses, deficiencies, lost skills, and longings in their personal, work, and relational spheres.
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For instance, it is predicted that by 2030, over fifty percent of the obese patients in the world will be from China and India combined. Also, right now, the rapidest growth in obesity is not here in the U.S. but is occurring in Europe and Asia, mostly due to the rapid expansion of …
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American health care will work best when physicians are free to practice medicine based on their experience and training, and not on the dictates of bureaucrats, public or private. It works best when patients – being fully informed on basics like price and quality, and free to make choices – free to make their own health care decisions.
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With fewer doctors, hospitalizations, and office visits, one might conclude that U.S. health care is poor. In many respects, that is true. The U.S. has a low life expectancy and high maternal and infant mortality compared to other wealthy nations. One explanation is that the U.S population is larger and more geographically and economically diverse compared to its peer countries.
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The future always looks scary to pessimists, and yes, wearable technology might be misused or misunderstood. But it will more likely than not result in real and reliable data that physicians and patients can use to make informed health care decisions together. Medicine is a group effort. And I welcome these new, wearable devices to the team.
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Health care organizations are moving to address clinician burnout with a real sense of urgency. It is now commonly accepted that burnout is widespread among health care professionals and has serious repercussions for patient safety and the quality of care.
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In recent history, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans were newly able to access health care. It seemed as if we were in an era where expanded health care coverage was becoming less controversial from a medical outcomes and ethics standpoint, and at worst, break-even from an economic standpoint.
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As I was becoming a better mountain biker, I thought about the applications the growth mindset concept could have in health care. What if, when our patients say that they can’t lose weight, we could convince them to believe that they just can’t lose weight yet because they haven’t acquired the right tools or stuck to a plan long enough?
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Health care administrators and leaders can create spaces for education and dialogue related to concepts of moral injury, well-being, and burnout prevention. The COVID crisis offers health care leaders an opportunity to support physicians by being pro-active about the risks of moral injury and burnout. Brennin Brown is a psychiatry resident.
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As voters fume about the high cost of health care, politicians have been targeting two well-deserved villains: pharmaceutical companies, whose prices have risen more than inflation, and insurers, who pay their executives millions in salaries while raising premiums and deductibles. Although the Democratic presidential candidates have devoted copious airtime to debating health care, many …
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Addressing the massive health care disparities and health and health care inequity in the United States firmly relies upon increasing the representation of BIPOC physicians. Dr. Dennar was not only a positive role model, mentor, and advocate for her trainees, but she also provided vital care to her patient population, and by advancing the
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Trust is fundamental to the delivery of optimal health care. Based on physicians’ extraordinary training and experience, a consensual knowledge base rooted in continuous and evolving peer-reviewed science, we have been endowed with coveted cultural authority, which is crucial for patients to comply with taking needed medications and
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Educating health care professionals on communicating scientific information inaccessible, easily-digestible, and transparent ways should be an urgent priority as vaccines roll out. Because arming health care professionals with tools to effectively combat myths will be a key factor in improving vaccine uptake and ending this pandemic.
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Since the national election of 2020, racism at the polls has become a hot topic that Democrats hope soon to remedy with the election reform bill, H.R.1. I imagine many health care practitioners are wondering what is wrong with so many of our political leaders that they can promote laws restricting
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For America to achieve universal health care physicians must lead the charge. Our fragmented health care system — a mixture of socialized medicine, social insurance, managed competition, and pure capitalism — sees almost half the country covered by employers, about 15 percent Medicare, and approximately 17 percent Medicaid.
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Without question, health care will smash through one barrier after another. But, the humanity of the profession will be subsumed and sacrificed as the medical technological tsunami bursts forth. Our health will improve, but the health care experience will be unrecognizable. Indeed, all aspects of our lives will be technologically driven.
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Health insurance has morphed into a comprehensive pre-paid health care plan with unaffordable premiums. Many families spend over $20,000 annually on health insurance premiums and still pay out-of-pocket for all of their medical care due to high deductibles.
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The fines for refusing to buy ACA health insurance have been much lower than the cost of premiums. Over 8 million Americans chose to pay the fine rather than buy insurance in 2016. The federal government had planned to implement higher penalties, but the new law closes that option.
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A revolutionary transformation in our health care system would have some element of these three core structural and process ideas: First, we should consider not a single provider health system, meaning a government-owned and operated system such as the Veteran’s Administration, but a single-payer health system, similar to Medicare.
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Since our article appeared in STAT, we have discussed, debated, and reconsidered our thoughts about moral injury with audiences across the breadth of health care — in person, on podcasts, by phone and email, on social media, and from podia across the country.In the process, we have learned that the concept of moral injury resonates powerfully, not just with doctors, but with every kind of
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Health care workers have seen a different reality from the rest of the population. Basil Stathoulis is an orthopaedic surgeon, Netcare Kingsway Hospital , Durban, South Africa. He can be reached at basilBLOGinc and on Instagram @basilartinc .
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Health insurance, except for catastrophic policies, does not cover only the occasional or rare loss. A homeowner may go for decades without making an insurance claim because most houses will not be destroyed by wind or fire. But everyone needs health care, and eventually, everyone will make a claim.
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Health care was filled with the greatest leaders and minds of our times. People like Madam Curie, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and Dr. Jose Delgado. Health care used to be led by the people that cared for those living in our communities — the physicians.
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Overall, all women should have the right to legal, safe, and voluntary abortions. It is furthermore the responsibility of state-level policymakers to shine a light on abortion access as a critical component of women’s health care services, as well as the dangers and hardships a lack of abortion services imposes on women, their families, and communities.
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Legislative reforms are needed to improve safety and regulation of health care in Texas. First, we need legal safeguards to protect physicians from reprisals for reporting adverse events or improprieties. Hiding errors imperils patients’ lives and is a betrayal of trust and morally unjust.
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Glass ceiling in health care. While this trend is pervasive within middle management, the news is less encouraging at the top. According to a report by Rock Health, women represent only 21 percent of executives and 21 percent of board members at Fortune 500 health care companies despite making up more than half the health care workforce.
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An excerpt from Curing the Cancer in U. S. Healthcare: StatesCare and Market-Based Medicine. Clinical doctors can readily understand the continuing failure of the U.S. health care system. The attending physicians for Patient Healthcare–Washington, both legislative and executive branches–keep trying to treat the health care’s symptoms while refusing to seek the etiology of illness.
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Expanding health care coverage is more of a temporary Band-Aid than a long-term solution. Instead, reducing racial health disparity requires acknowledging the effects structural racism has on health status and then working toward sweeping, transformative change in our society as a whole. Niran S. Al-Agba is a pediatrician who blogs at MommyDoc
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Type 2 diabetes remains a global epidemic. According to a 2017 CDC report, over 100 million Americans have prediabetes or diabetes. Diabetes was the number seven leading cause of death in 2015. The World Health Organization published a report showing a quadrupling of the prevalence of diabetes since 1980 worldwide.According to the CDC, 1 in 4 with diabetes do not know they have the …
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Dear AMA and state medical boards, The last few years have been a period of unprecedented change in the world of health care. The need to reign in costs, expand access, and ensure higher quality care — all at a time of rapid medical and technological advancements — has changed innumerable aspects of the practice of medicine.
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Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrition is important for everyone. When combined with being physically active...
In order to stay healthy, you need to live an active and aware lifestyle. This means getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, eating a well balanced diet, and try and reduce stress in your lifestyle. Becoming more active will help with stress levels and eating a well balanced diet will help keep you healthy.
Is Your Healthy Food Really Healthy? Give your salad a second look. While salads are a great way to get in your daily vegetables, it's surprisingly simple to... Avoid artificial sweeteners. While reducing the amount of sugar in your diet is always a positive move, artificial... Be picky about popcorn. Popcorn can be a great low-calorie snack when you make it at home. More ...
Yep, being too healthy can actually be unhealthy . Orthorexia is an obsession with eating a "pure" diet, which can mean avoiding foods with unhealthy fats, added sugar or salt, genetic modifications, artificial colors, or flavors and preservatives.