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Stop the war against patients with intractable pain

An open letter to doctors still prescribing opioid medication when necessary: Thank you so much for standing up for us pain patients. My chronic pain comes from a genetic connective tissue disorder (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), so there is no treatment or cure for my slow, but relentless, physical deterioration as the collagen holding my body together...

Forget what you’ve heard. Direct primary care is here to stay.

Much has been written in recent weeks about the failure of direct primary care giant and pioneer Qliance. Much of the conversation has examined the reasons for their closing and the negative impact it will have on the direct primary care movement. Questions have been raised about the longevity of the movement, with many...

Are pharma gifts to doctors a red herring?

Physicians are influenced by marketing. That's no surprise. So are most consumers, as evidenced by television and radio commercials, billboards, pop up ads and targeted ads for drugs on your computer screen. Big Pharma markets not only to physicians, but also directly to consumers. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Dr. Nicole Van Gronigen made...

Health reform: It’s time for Congress to grow up and do their jobs

Health – /helTH/ – The state of being free from illness or injury Care – /ker/ – The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, and protection of someone or something. System – /’sistəm/ – A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. It’s not keeping us Healthy,...

Health reform should simplify our health system. Here are some ideas.

We are a nation divided. Our two major political parties agree on essentially nothing. Republicans cannot agree even amongst themselves how to proceed on health care reform. It is demoralizing that even though U.S. health care has sunken to last among developed nations, our elected leaders are unable to envision or agree upon...

Physician spouse speaks out against dangers of prescription opioids

The impact of the opioid crisis struck home within the Missouri physician community on Dec. 15, 2014. That’s the day when, just two months shy of his 30th birthday, Derek succumbed to an opioid overdose. The news was devastating for his mother, Kelly O’Leary, a longtime volunteer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society...

An instance for nationwide medical insurance

For greater than 100 years, Americans have actually looked for a remedy for healthcare inequality. Rather, we've been recommended sugar pills: diminished destitution programs as well as celebration national politics. Regardless of efforts to alleviate the discomfort with reforms like Medicaid as well as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we continuously depend on a market-driven...

Profit vs. social accountability: a profound moral dilemma in medication immediately

Brilinta, at $6.50 per capsule, twice a day, reduces cardiovascular occasions greater than generic Plavix, which prices 50 cents per capsule, as soon as a day. However solely a little bit: 20% relative or 2% absolute threat discount. The occasion threat was 10% with the dearer drug and 12% with the one which prices...

Discovering a brand new physician is like courting

I agree wholeheartedly with a submit by Annahieta Kalantari expressing the concept discovering a brand new doctor job is like courting. A affected person on the lookout for a brand new MD might be simply as unsure, unnerving, intimidating and irritating. First, you hear the dreaded phrases from a receptionist, typically sorrowfully saying, “I’m...

Political polarization is harming America’s well being

On Could 15, President Trump tried to kill not simply two, however three birds with one tweet, concurrently denouncing the Media and the Mueller investigation, and crowing about his approval scores. “Are you able to consider that with the entire made up, unsourced tales I get from the Pretend Information Media, along with...

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