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March 14, 2013
In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, Nikola Biller-Andorno, M.D., Ph.D., and Thomas H. Lee, M.D. opine on what constitues effective and ethical physician incentives for health care reform. They argue that incentives should include a...
July 14, 2012
If you want to know how easy and intuitive it is to understand the individual mandate, watch this video with Peter Ubel and his son, Taylor Greeno, who discuss why healthcare reform is good for everyone.…
March 24, 2010
The Bioethics Channel at the Center for Practical Bioethics presents an ethical analysis of the historical passage of health care reform.…
March 23, 2010
And just when you were beginning to worry that national health care reform might not effect you have no fear. Nicely tucked away inside the health reform bill in Section 2572 is the mandate that chain restaurants with more than 20 locations display nutritional and caloric information for all of their consumers, says WSJ Health Blog.…
March 4, 2010
Check out this statistic from the Chicago Tribune today: “Illinois consumers to pay up to 60% more [for health insurance premiums], data show.” When do they pay more?…
July 22, 2009
What are the facts and fictions being bandied about in the debate over universal access to healthcare as promoted by President Obama’s health care plan?…
August 20, 2008
Harry and Louise, foils of the Clinton healthcare reform efforts of 1993-1994, are back on the air again but this time in the service of healthcare reform, says Red Orbit.…
October 1, 2013
by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
Every fall, I co-teach a course on justice and health care. In this course, my students and I discuss various theories of justice, examine different health systems, and reflect on what kind of society we live in. When we come to the issue of health care reform in the United States, I try to impart a long, historical view. I remind my students that attempts at providing universal health care access date back to the administration of Theodore Roosevelt over a century ago. Similar attempts were thwarted under the administrations of FDR and Truman. Not until LBJ did we finally achieve a watershed moment in US history—the creation of Medicare and Medicaid that has been a safety net for literally millions of seniors, people with disabilities, and indigent women and children. As Bruce Vladeck and Eliot Fishman argue in one of the books I have my students read: “It is remarkable that Medicare got passed at all. That only happened because of the unique landslide of 1964.” Vladeck and Fishman claim that our Madisonian style of federal government gives inordinate power to local interests and state governments: “Divided governments, localism, weak national political parties—these are the structural elements of American government that have produced the most inequitable health care system in the Western world.”
The very structure of our democracy has now created this current crisis. Despite the re-election of President Obama and the endorsement of the Affordable Care Act by the US Supreme Court, Republican representatives that represent parochial, local interests are able to bring the US government to a shutdown. This kind of obstructionism is simply irresponsible. As Atul Gawande commented in a recent New Yorker piece: “Conservative groups are campaigning to persuade young people, in particular, that going without insurance is ‘better for you’—advice that no responsible parent would ever give to a child.” The narrative that has been promoted by conservative groups is that the Affordable Care Act is a government takeover of health care. It’s not. A better way to interpret the new health care law is to promote it as a civic duty of all Americans to purchase health insurance in order to mitigate against the potential financial and health risks of getting sick and not having insurance.…
July 2, 2013
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s recent announcement that it would accept applications from Dreamers – young undocumented immigrants eligible for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status – is an innovative and wel...
March 10, 2013
[BBC News] Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet.
Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its strategies for ta...
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April 25, 2013 12:55 pm
President Barack Obama’s new strategy for fighting the nation’s drug problem will include a greater emphasis on using public health tools to battle addiction and diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of prisons.
April 10, 2013 12:58 pm
President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes an increase of $3.9 billion to support the administration’s healthcare overhaul, and cuts programs such as immunizations and cancer screenings that would in the future be financed through individual state insurance exchanges.
August 10, 2012 11:55 am
As she was ushered into surgery eight years ago, Paula was confident that doctors at Washington’s Howard University Hospital would find the cancer that had been growing in her right breast for months. She was less certain about where she would wake up the next day. “I felt scared because of the stories in other states … It was always in the back of my mind that a doctor, or an immigration officer dressed as a doctor, could take me,” said Paula, 60, of the fear that she would be exposed as an undocumented immigrant and deported.
June 28, 2012 9:50 am
Panelists at Marquette University to speak about healthcare reform: Dr. Arthur Derse, MD, J.D., Institute for Health and Society Medical College of Wisconsin, Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities Director, Medical Humanities Program, Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine.
June 21, 2012 10:34 am
The ethical principles that have for centuries shaped the relationship between patient and physician should also guide legislators, regulators — and justices of the highest court — charged with crafting U.S. health care policies that demarcate the boundaries of a physician’s business practice, an Indiana University professor argues.
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