Systemic Racism & Healthcare Reform

“Slavery has produced a legacy of racism, injustice, and brutality that runs from 1619 to the present, and that legacy infects medicine as it does all social institutions… Now, amid an acute public health crisis that is transforming medicine, perhaps we have an opportunity to reset our priorities to face this deeper, more chronic crisis … Continue reading Systemic Racism & Healthcare Reform

Reforming U.S. Healthcare: Even Research Statistics Are Rigged

To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How do I rig thee? Let me count the ways. Even research statistics are all too often rigged, according to a commentary in this month’s Journal of the A.M.A.  These rigged statistics are being applied to clinical studies of new drugs, devices, and treatments to put them just far enough … Continue reading Reforming U.S. Healthcare: Even Research Statistics Are Rigged

Segment 2 – Brief History of U.S. Healthcare

In Segment 2, I will answer the question, How Did We Get Here? I’ll give a whirlwind tour of the history of medical care in the U.S., and I’ll also look at the birth of health insurance. Let’s start with looking at healthcare in the Colonial period. The most famous doctor at the time was … Continue reading Segment 2 – Brief History of U.S. Healthcare