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Category: US healthcare
Nancy Krieger: Are hate crimes a public health issue?
It is critical to identify structural racism is a key determinant of population health […]
James Brophy on Unanticipated Outcomes: Why Jerome Kassirer’s story is still so relevant
Although Jerome Kassirer is a familiar name to many physicians of a certain age, there is perhaps now a generation of young health professionals who are not acquainted with this remarkable physician, his multiple accomplishments, and incredible integrity. Unanticipated Outcomes is a personal memoir that tracks his fascinating trajectory from modest background to serendipitous medical student […]
Nathaniel P Morris: US medical licensing applications ask too much about mental health
Asking about applicants’ mental health history risks driving physicians and trainees away from self care and deeper into distress […]
Junaid Nabi: Voting rights are a public health issue
Last week the Republican party’s attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) collapsed before promptly being revived again. The new bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), had previously received a damning evaluation from the bipartisan US Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which estimated that 15 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 under this legislation—a figure they reiterated […]
Junaid Nabi: Can addressing the spiritual needs of patients help us deliver high quality end of life care?
Should doctors only engage in conversations about life, death, and dying when it pertains to clinical matters? Or is spiritual care part of a physician’s duties? […]
Abraar Karan: Has medical education done a disservice to new physicians?
With thousands of newly minted physicians around the United States and internationally about to start their medical internships, teaching hospitals, residents, and attending physicians are gearing up for what has been known to be the rocky month of July. The “July Effect,” a phenomenon in which the mortality risk of patients and the number of […]
Chris Simms: Russian dolls—revealing Trump’s diminution of the common good
A few weeks ago, two of Donald Trump’s top advisers, H R McMaster and Gary Cohn, astonished many in the world community when they wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear eyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena […]
William Cayley: Can we beat the productivity paradox by working smarter, not harder?
During my morning drive recently, a radio story on the “productivity paradox” caught my attention. Briefly put, the story explored economists’ concerns that despite ongoing technological development, our actual work productivity (ie. value produced per hour worked) on a global scale has stagnated. We seem to be coming up with fancier and more developed ways to […]
The “new-and-improved” American Health Care Act looks little improved
As the CBO reports that the AHCA could result in million of Americans losing healthcare insurance, Allan M. Joseph and William H. Seligman assess what impact this will have […]