Summary: The patients are poor. The hospital chain is not-for-profit. Thus, no question about charging them, they get free care. Nope. Advised by business consultants, they
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Tactical Subversion of Democracy & Healthcare
Summary: A NY Times video op-ed describes how the GOP is taking steps to control the US electoral process at multiple levels, ultimately deciding key elections
Misleading Study on Role of Insurance in Access to Sarcoma Care
Summary: A study of sarcoma states in the title that “non-private” insurance slows access and worsens outcomes. Except that it turns out “non-private” means uninsured and
Medical Debt Prevalence, Risk Factors, & Effects on Social Determinants of Health
Summary: A representative multi-year survey of US adults found medical debt in 18% of households, with higher risk for those with no insurance, high deductible private
Pervasive Contamination of US Health System By Corporate Myths & Models
Summary: Two recent articles characterize systemic trends and illustrate one patient’s struggles with corporate goals, values, and tactics permeating health insurance.
Value-Based Payment Is the New For-Profit
Adequacy of Medicare Physician Fee-for-Service Payments
Summary: A survey of California physicians finds that Medicare fee-for-service payments, not keeping pace with inflation, don’t cover their costs to provide care. Big caveat: biased
PNHP to CMS: End Medicare Advantage
Summary: Medicare Advantage has overwhelming problems, progressive health policy organizations agree. Can it be fixed with a comprehensive set of far-reaching reforms? Physicians for a National
Letter to Feds: How to Fix Broken Medicare Advantage
Summary: Recently three leading progressive organizations (Just Care USA, Social Security Works, and Center for Health and Democracy) wrote to two federal health agency leads, offering
Jane Fonda has Insurance & Quality Care. How about those who don’t?
Jane Fonda Lymphoma Care, Instagram, September 2, 2022, @janefonda
So, my dear friends, I have something personal I want to share. I’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s
Union Support Rises, While Corporations Lower Pharmacist Pay
Summary: Decreased pay for hard-working pharmacists, and growing support for unions. Maybe there’s a connection.
U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965, Gallup, August
Battle for the Soul of the Nation … and of Health Care
Summary: President Biden yesterday gave a critically important speech on the need to fight MAGA Republican efforts to destroy US democracy. Our health care system is
Falling U.S. Longevity Largely Due to Health Insurance Failings
Summary: In a sad echo of 2020, US longevity again fell in 2021 – from 77 to 76 years. Two proximate causes – COVID and chronic