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Don’t blame medical doctors for outrageous emergency division costs

Just lately I posted a piece, describing analysis out of Johns Hopkins, exhibiting that when sufferers come to ERs -- both with no insurance coverage or insurance coverage that's out-of-network -- they typically face costs which might be 4, six, and even ten-fold higher than what Medicare would pay for a similar companies. After the publish,...

Why physicians ought to care about structural racism

This 12 months marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Truthful Housing Act, which formally outlaws racial discrimination within the sale and rental of housing. The Act, handed within the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had, at its core, the aim of affirmatively selling equitable and built-in...

Figuring out social determinants of well being is vital to the affected person interview

After a semester of medical college, I returned dwelling to the Antelope Valley in California, an space CNN coined, “well being care’s nowhere land” due to low medical insurance charges and restricted supplier networks that pressure residents to journey far for care. I needed to assist my household and neighbors by utilizing the...

Need to dispose of medicine correctly? Right here’s how.

Based on Bloomberg, People spend extra on prescribed drugs per 12 months than every other nation on the earth at round $1,100 per particular person. Moreover, the CDC experiences that 4 out of 5 new heroin customers began their habit by utilizing prescription opioid painkillers like hydrocodone or oxycodone. And we all know from the...

Let’s order a spherical of respect: for each sufferers and physicians

To enrich Aaron Lacy’s submit on treating colleagues with respect, I’d prefer to increase that idea to incorporate treating sufferers with respect too. Which means if a affected person says she’s freezing, and including insult to damage, has been sick as properly,  alter the thermostat somewhat, please, even for those who because the physician...

Limiting entry to weapons is probably not the perfect answer to the current disaster

Lower than one yr in the past, on an early fall night in Las Vegas, 59 individuals have been killed on the out of doors Harvest music pageant. A single shooter injured lots of extra, utilizing firearms bought by lawful channels. There have been many mass shootings in our nation, earlier than and since,...

The caste system is flourishing in medication within the U.S.

On my morning commute as I learn this NPR article, recollections began flooding my mind. I couldn't management myself and needed to write this. My final title “Theetha Kariyanna" has its origin from a small village Theetha and added to it's my dad's title Kariyanna (a neighborhood people god). Again in my faculty days,...

A DEA agent explains the way to combat the opioid disaster and mitigate DEA threat

42,000. That’s the variety of CDC reported overdose deaths in 2016 because of opioids. Ten %. That’s the share of the estimated 2.1 million opioid substance abusers receiving therapy assist and even fewer afforded medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for his or her struggles. Three % or round 40,000. That’s the variety of physicians out of a...

The quandary of price transparency

What’s the price of the process? A standard (and, frankly, affordable) query from sufferers considering a surgical procedure. “It relies upon” is the trustworthy and correct reply — but irritating to supplier and affected person. The rationale for the anomaly is that it’s all however inconceivable to inform a affected person what his or her...

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...


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