Story highlights The UK's National Health Service was formed in the 1940s to provide universal health care Today, the service is under severe financial strain (CNN)In a doctor's waiting room in South London sit three people of varying ages and ethnicities, waiting among a sea of empty green plastic chairs. It's Tuesday afternoon in the Hetherington Group Practice, which serves more than 8,500 people from dozens of miles in every direction from its base in the bustling area of Brixton. Adorning the many notice boards on the walls are posters asking people to get flu vaccinations, to embrace more walking as part of their day to day and to speak up if they feel that they may have symptoms of bowel cancer. Another poster informs that the Accident and Emergency room at the local hospital "won't kiss it better," appealing to people not to visit their local ER when something is not urgent. Records from the National Health Service show that the numbers of people visiting an … [Read more...] about How health care works around the world
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Pitt College Republicans member Corey Barsky noted early in a Monday night debate against the College Democrats that health care is an issue that brings out passion from both ends of the political spectrum. “I like to think I have more empathy on this issue than most people,” the sophomore neuroscience major said. “As I sit here right now, I have four diagnosed pre-existing conditions.”Health care topped the list of issues that mattered to voters in 2018’s midterm elections, and contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are already staking out positions on American health insurance.The issue was one that the two clubs and the Pitt Libertarians touched on in a 2017 three-way debate. But Monday’s two-way hour-long debate, hosted by Pitt’s chapter of HOSA Future Health Care Professionals, was devoted entirely to the question of health care. A two-person team representing each party outlined a preferred policy — for the … [Read more...] about Democrats, Republicans face off on health care
Welcome to our 12th edition of Health Care Headliners. It’s our chance to introduce you to a few people who are making a big difference in local health care. The names came from nominations that we accepted on vegasinc.com and resulted in bringing to us some truly outstanding people who have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of our friends and neighbors — especially after the tragic events of Oct. 1. A special thanks goes to our sponsors: Comprehensive Cancer Centers and P3 Health Partners. We appreciate their support and important role in the health care industry. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Dr. Bard Coats Market President, HealthCare Partners Medical Group When Dr. Bard Coats retires, he’ll be able to look back on an impressive four decades of contributions to the health care industry. Dr. Bard Coats They began when the Oklahoma native followed in his older brother’s professional path into health care. “Seeing the trust that developed with patients over … [Read more...] about Health Care Headliners: Honoring the best and brightest medical professionals in Southern Nevada
As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that. An industry, an economic force, Big Business, first and foremost. It is a vehicle for returns on investment and the success of our society second. This basic truth separates us from every other nation whose life expectancy, maternal and infant mortality or incidence of diabetes we’d like to replicate or, better still, outperform. As politicians and the public they serve grapple with issues such as prescription drug prices, “surprise” medical bills and other health-related issues, I believe it critical that we better understand some of the less visible drivers of these costs so that any proposed solutions have a fighting chance to deflect the health cost curve downward. As both associate chief medical officer for clinical integration and director of the center for health policy at … [Read more...] about U.S. health care: An industry too big to fail
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. A monster snowstorm had just walloped North Carolina, and the city of Greensboro careened to a halt. Families were home building fires, sticking carrot noses in snowmen, sipping mugs of hot cocoa. Dan Smith, though, was worried. When he awoke that morning in January 2018 and saw his street hidden under a thick white blanket, he pondered how hard it would be to get to a hospital. Two of his kids—Asher, eight, and Reese, four—ran in and out of the house in winter coats, cheeks pink, begging to go sledding. They weren’t the ones he was concerned about. Smith worried about his daughter Moira. In some ways, Moira is like a lot of six-year-olds: She loves bubble baths, giggling with friends, and vanilla frosting. She has tremendous blue eyes, a toothy smile, and cascading blond hair. But in other ways—ones you notice as soon as you meet her—Moira is different. She can’t sit up and has only … [Read more...] about Six-year-old Moira is one of the sickest people in America. So why is North Carolina trying to gut her health care?
As a public health nurse, I am always intrigued by our nation’s endemic health-care policy debate, especially as it heats up this election season. I am one of the 69 percent of Americans who rated health care as a top policy concern for 2019, and I am listening closely to what each of the 2020 presidential candidates have to say on the issue. The Trump administration has so far been unsuccessful in its mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but they will continue to try and dismantle it through their first term and potential re-election as evidenced by their latest move this week , when the Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to invalidate the entire law. ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, House Democrats unveiled an incremental proposal this week that would build on the ACA , while Democratic presidential hopefuls take various stances on health care from “Medicare for all” to more incremental changes that would allow more … [Read more...] about We need to think more holistically about the health-care debate