medical-costs

Politics
You couldn't invent a worse healthcare system than the nightmare we have created in the U.S. Our medical costs are almost twice as high per person as they are in most other similar countries but produce only mediocre outcomes.
Politics
Even if a person doesn't qualify for an ACA health plan, you -- and by "you" I mean everyone -- still get the benefits of the new law. And much of this has very real, and very substantive financial savings -- just not the financial savings you read about in the news about monthly bills.
Healthy Living
When a health plan, especially with its own delivery system, as Kaiser has, carries the responsibility for a population of people, working or poor, young or old, healthy or sick, they can't pick and choose.
Politics
It is imperative that everyone across the nation understand the purpose of Medicaid -- that it isn't for people who do not want to work or are simply looking for a handout. Medicaid is a safety net for everyone because we are all one medical crisis or catastrophic event away from financial ruin.
Politics
The overwhelming majority of physicians agree that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act will improve access to health care services for millions of Americans.
Healthy Living
Technology is fascinating, and can be quite addictive, e.g. bigger, faster, more Apps, more color, more depth and, of course, more cost. How does this idea relate to medicine?
Politics
Although the health care bill is disappointingly incomplete, it nevertheless does extend coverage to 30 million people currently without insurance and provides subsidies for them to purchase it.
Politics

Trial lawyers are a widely-despised lobby. Yet courts remain the only way individual Americans can redress grievances against the rich and powerful; they are a great leveler, and limits have had perverse effects.
Healthy Living
There is a growing trend to promote diseases to fit existing drugs. As a culture, we should be suspicious whenever we hear of a new "disease," and ask whether it may just be a marketing ploy.
Healthy Living
Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist. And doctors are human beings.
Politics
The rise in cesarean surgery rates has not been accompanied by overall improvements in maternal or child health and creates risks to pregnant women and babies that do not exist with vaginal births.