In the final days before the November 2018 election, Representative Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) launched a campaign ad that criticized his Democratic challenger's support for universal healthcare. Rep. Perry drew a negative comparison to Britain’s National Health Service. The ad was misleading. Below is my Letter to the Editor on the subject. The Letter was posted … Continue reading Campaign Ad on Healthcare Is Misleading
What if Americans are too divided to reach any common ground? Or what if healthcare has become so rigged and so enmeshed that it can’t be untangled? Or what if vested interests have become so powerful that they can’t be overcome? Not so fast, claims the Beyond Intractability project championed by Heidi and Guy Burgess based … Continue reading What If U.S. Healthcare CAN’T Be Fixed?
“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. . .”
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
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!