Physicians should not be spending more time on administrivia than they are on patient care.
In educating people about the risk of heart disease, we must not forget to address the fact that women of colour are at an extremely elevated risk for heart conditions.
With a growing number of American hospitals controlled by Catholic entities, access to comprehensive health care in the United States is seriously at risk. It’s critical to intervene before it becomes impossible to obtain emergency services that Catholics refuse to provide.
The system of health care in the United States is a mess. It’s profit-driven, costly, damaging for patients, and sloppy. It’s why the president made a good faith effort at reforming access, even though the watered down form of access that eventually reached the public didn’t really address the quality of health care from the other side. […]
Here’s a funny story: Obamacare offers open enrollment periods for only part of the year, but it offers an exception for ‘qualifying events,’ which allow people to sign up anytime when they’re experiencing medical crises. It’s all part of the magic of health care reform in the US, where the theory is that health insurance […]
As a result of health insurance reform, I am now covered by health insurance, at great personal cost to myself. I chose Kaiser for my coverage because I know and like a number of Kaiser doctors, I like their system (compensation as a salary, not per procedure, which discourages unnecessary procedures and testing since there’s […]
There is a concept in health care known as the golden hour, one very familiar to many people outside the health care community thanks to the fact that it plays a prominent role in film, television, and other media. Strictly speaking, it doesn’t last for a chronological hour, but it refers to that critically important […]
Over two years ago, back towards the start of my ongoing intermittent series on urban and rural issues in the United States, I explored some of the issues revolving around rural health care. In a nutshell, we don’t have access to the same quality and stability of care as those in urban areas and we […]
In all the chaos surging around the conversation in the United States as people grapple with health care reform, there’s one area where people seem to be particularly confused: evidence-based medicine. A practice widely adopted in the rest of the world, evidence-based medicine still seems to be something people in the United States are afraid […]
I have a friend, we’ll call her Sarah, with a number of serious medical conditions. She’s been in and out of hospital her whole life, she needs a stable supply of a number of medications, and in the next year or so, she’s facing a couple of critically-needed surgeries. Sarah’s mum wasn’t exactly rich when […]