Healthcare Reform & Civility – “Everyone Talks About the Weather. . .”

“Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”  This quip is attributed (erroneously?) to Mark Twain. The same could be said about healthcare reform. Except, Americans have trouble even talking about healthcare reform, much less doing anything about it. Let’s look at the challenges of talking about and doing healthcare reform. In … Continue reading Healthcare Reform & Civility – “Everyone Talks About the Weather. . .”

Healthcare is Political Hot Button Issue in 2018

You can expect to hear a lot about healthcare from political candidates during the 2018 campaign.  If Pennsylvania is any indication, candidates from both parties will almost all be talking about the healthcare issue. I surveyed the 17 Republican and 18 Democrat candidates for U.S. House as well as both candidates for U.S. Senate from … Continue reading Healthcare is Political Hot Button Issue in 2018

Doctors Critique Oregon-Style Cost-Benefit Approach to Healthcare Reform . . . But Not So Fast!

Noted surgeon and social-medical commentator Atul Gawande MD hosted a video roundtable in 2014 entitled “Avoiding Low-Value Care.” His panel seemingly challenged the idea that low-value care can be avoided, which is the crux of the cost-benefit approach to healthcare reform. But on closer look Dr. Gawande and panel may actually, in fact, be validating … Continue reading Doctors Critique Oregon-Style Cost-Benefit Approach to Healthcare Reform . . . But Not So Fast!

Response to “Why Only Fixing U.S. Healthcare Will Not Make Us Healthier”

Behrouz Zand MD, MS blogs at Digital Antidote – The Collision of Medicine, Philosophy and Social Science. His post of January 16, 2018, is entitled “Why only fixing U.S. healthcare will not make us healthier.” Here is my response March 4, 2018: Dr. Zand: I echo the praise for your excellent essay. In support, I … Continue reading Response to “Why Only Fixing U.S. Healthcare Will Not Make Us Healthier”

W. Va. Settles Teacher Strike But Not the Problem of Healthcare Cost

  West Virginia teachers settled their strike March 6 when they reached agreement with the Governor and Legislature giving them a 5 percent pay raise. But according to State Senate president Mitch Carmichael and Craig Blair, Senate Finance Committee chair, at least some of the $110 million yearly cost of the contract would come from … Continue reading W. Va. Settles Teacher Strike But Not the Problem of Healthcare Cost