Category Archives: Health Care

“Are You Alright?” On Pandemic Death, Isolation, Connection, and Walter Benjamin’s “The Storyteller”

Mary N. LayounA. Joseph Layon Gentle Reader – A short time ago my friend, colleague, comrade and sister – and I – were asked to submit a piece to “Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as … Continue reading

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American Public Health in the Trump Era – It Wasn’t Just Trump

All of our problems, certainly as regards health, do not lie at the feet of the Great Orange Liar. Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2, 26 November, 2020, 1200 Hrs

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March 2020 through November 2020, nine months. As of 25 November, 2020 there are 259,256 COVID19 deaths and 12.5 million infections in the US. We in the United States account for about 20% of the World’s cases and deaths due … Continue reading

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Where and What are We? Re-Posting A Quora Piece, as the Time is RIght

What an odd query! How likely is an authoritarian state – in the United States – if we, finally, get a national health system, a rational educational system, and UBI? Really? Firstly, in case you haven’t noticed, the present US … Continue reading

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Comment: Problems with Student Health Services

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/07/13/college-health-centers-problems/?arc404=true I have practiced medicine – in the OR & ICU for almost 40 years. Any of us – including me – can misdiagnose a problem with which one of our fellow humans presents. Yet, the article’s clarity as to … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2 4 April, 2020, 1600 Hrs

One can gain a brief view of the specter sweeping our country – indeed the world – by walking the halls of our medical centers. There is concern and fear everywhere. Firstly, one sees health care workers – nurses, physicians, … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Have You Ever Witnessed Hospital Administration Turn Away a Patient that Should have Been Seen Right Away?

In the United States, complements of a law passed in 1986 – The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) – a hospital cannot turn away someone who has an emergency. Rather, the institution must treat it – at least … Continue reading

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Trump’s budget is a Stealth Health-Care Bill. And it Would Make Americans Sick.

Gentle Reader – Doctor Homer wrote this almost three years ago, yet it remains important today. While the Republicans attempt to whitewash Trump’s  crimes, and while we watch this in mixed horror and disbelief, behind the scenes the same people … Continue reading

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Trumpcare vs. Obamacare: Apocalypse Foretold

Gentle Reader – As Trump and the craven Republicans attempt to whitewash the impeachment allegations, clearing a clearly impeached President with no witnesses and no data, I want to remind you of other things going on in the background. This … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Will Trump Turn Out To be the Best Thing That Happened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

[From 2016, slightly modified]: No. We are in for a rather wild ride, and I don’t mean that in the most pleasant or interesting way. The Trump administration – or should I say anti-administration since Trump has appointed government haters … Continue reading

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