As voters fume about the high cost of health care, politicians have been targeting two well-deserved villains: pharmaceutical companies, whose prices have risen more than inflation, and insurers, who pay their executives millions in salaries while raising premiums and deductibles. Although the Democratic presidential candidates have devoted copious airtime to debating health care, many of the country’s leading health policy experts have wondered why they have given a total pass ...

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The most difficult part of our first year of medical school wasn’t memorizing anatomy or mastering the patient interview, but seeing firsthand how broken our current health care system is. We pay twice as much as other wealthy nations for health care, but receive some of the worst outcomes. Many factors contribute to this dysfunction, and one looms large: a medical system dominated by for-profit private insurers. We hear about ...

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Being a medical resident is really hard. This is not only due to the infamous number of hours you work, but you are truly responsible for patient care for the first time. That is a heavy responsibility, especially when you constantly feel inadequately prepared. You never feel like you have enough time to read, and you never stop feeling like you could be doing a better job. Despite the schedule and ...

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In his response to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump called for an expansion of state laws that temporarily prevent someone in crisis from buying or possessing a gun. A flurry of states have recently passed such laws — known as extreme risk protection orders — which allow a court to intervene when someone shows warning signs of impending violence. Although the laws are widely ...

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Something like one in seven people living in the U.S. have no health care insurance. In fact, the number of uninsured people has grown by 7 million since 2016. These numbers are atrocious. Embarrassing. Shameful, actually, in a country as wealthy as ours. We need to recommit ourselves to guaranteeing people access to affordable health care insurance.

And then we need to go one step ...

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Another emergency physician asked me what I think will happen if the “surprise bill reform” with a benchmark fix happens.  I told her privately, but I am sharing, so everyone can understand why I am working so furiously on a seemingly boring and crass issue of reimbursement.  I do believe that patients should be taken out of the middle and shouldn’t ...

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When a patient seeks the care of a professional, they expect that person to be well trained, experienced, and constantly continuing their education. As an ophthalmologist, I completed a 4-year undergraduate program at Virginia Commonwealth University, 4 years of medical school training at The University of North Texas Health Science Center, a year of a rotating internship, and a 3-year residency program in ophthalmology at Tulsa Regional Medical ...

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The World Health Organization describes universal health coverage -- a system coupling health care access with financial protection for all residents -- as the “single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” The goal of universal care is to give all people the equal opportunity to enjoy the best health possible. I wholeheartedly endorse universal health care, though not a single-payer system like "Medicare for all" because there is ...

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Earlier this year, California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, promised to pursue a smörgåsbord of changes to his state’s health care system: state negotiation of drug prices, a requirement that every Californian have health insurance, more assistance to help middle-class Californians afford it and health care for undocumented immigrants up to age 26. The proposals fell short of the sweeping government-run single-payer plan Newsom had supported during his campaign — ...

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As calls for radical health reform grow louder, many on the right, in the center and in the health care industry are arguing that proposals like “Medicare for all” would cause economic ruin, decimating a sector that represents nearly 20% of our economy. While exploring a presidential run, former Starbucks chief Howard Schultz called Medicare for all “not American,” adding, “What industry are we going to abolish next — ...

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