Is Nursing Home Reform Part of Healthcare Reform?

The short answer is, Yes. Let’s drill down in more detail, and look at the National Academies’ new report on The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality. Some First Questions We can, first, ask the same questions about nursing home care as about healthcare in general. Is nursing home care a right or a … Continue reading Is Nursing Home Reform Part of Healthcare Reform?

Fixing U.S. Healthcare – Annual Summary & Review 2021

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog each year posts an annual review. This blog’s year can be summarized in two sentences: Along with many other writers, this blog has recognized that President Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is a test – of deliberate governing versus laissez-faire, of Big Government versus anti-institutionalism, of individualist freedom versus shared … Continue reading Fixing U.S. Healthcare – Annual Summary & Review 2021

Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 2

Summary This blog has argued that healthcare reform is economically, societally, and medically necessary. There is no lack of ideas, idealism, or compassion to move reform forward. What is lacking is power — hard political power and soft civic power. Political power is stymied by targeted voter disenfranchisement and by distorted campaign finance. How to … Continue reading Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 2

Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 1

Summary This blog has argued that healthcare reform is economically, societally, and medically necessary. There is no lack of ideas, idealism, or compassion to move reform forward. What is lacking is power — hard political power and soft civic power. Political power is stymied by targeted voter disenfranchisement and by distorted campaign finance. How to … Continue reading Finger-Pointing at Whom to Blame – Part 1

Commentary on “We Need Empathy”

Guest Post by Michael Stehney, M.D., M.P.H. Wow, your blog is impressive! I’m amazed at how deeply you’ve delved into this convoluted business of healthcare reform, and how broad your thinking is. Not just issues like cost-benefit and quality, but political, cultural, ethical, and moral questions as well. So my basic critique comes down to … Continue reading Commentary on “We Need Empathy”