Registered Nurses to the Rescue Andrew D. Coates, MD, FACP Commentary WAMC Northeast Public Radio Mid-day Magazine 29 March 2013 In a small news article this week in the New York Times Nina Bernstein reported that a provision of the New York State budget to allow for-profit hospitals was been dropped after opposition from the [...]
About 60 people rallied in front of Albany Medical Center under the banner, “Protect our health, not their wealth,” on March 20.
That’s what you get when you kick the can down the road Northeast Public Radio commentary (WAMC and affiliates) March 22, 2013 Andrew D. Coates, MD, FACP “Kicking the can down the road” is an idiom that means to defer something crucial in hopes that the problem will become someone else’s responsibility. The other day [...]
Nelson Lichtenstein (“Obamacare’s other benefit,” L.A. Times, March 19) is correct to hint at the potential for human liberation that universal, free access to necessary health care would bring to the United States, especially in view of the declining standard of living for the great majority of our population. But his effort to spin the [...]
I now realize that gradually over these past seven years of EMR, my daily routine has become essentially a not-very-enjoyable video game. Here is a description of this not-ready-for-prime-time video game:
By James G. Kahn, M.D. In his recent Time magazine article, Steven Brill paints a vivid and rather depressing picture of the perverse malfunctioning of our health care system – overpriced and technology-addicted – and he acknowledges some of the advantages of Medicare. Sadly, however, he shies away from an endorsement of the obvious solution: [...]
The Jan. 18 Wall Street Journal carried an article about the willingness of big insurers to participate in exchanges. Its focus was UnitedHealth Group. (“United Health weighs in on new exchange option,” B3) UHG consists of an insurance division (UnitedHealthcare) and a number crunching “health services” division (Optum).
Thank you, Bruce Bartlett, for perhaps the greatest Christmas gift of all – a rationale for why we all have to join together to provide health care for everyone.
Rasmussen telephone surveys are noted for results demonstrating right-wing bias. Understanding that, it is interesting that the results of this poll demonstrated a near even split in public support for single payer.
Madrid’s physicians, nurses and other health professionals have been marching in the streets with their patients for over a month, protesting the government’s plan to privatize and sharply reduce public health services. Spain’s National Health System (SNS), established in 1986, fulfills a mandate included in Spain’s national constitution. Article 43 guarantees healthcare to all Spaniards, [...]
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