Category Archives: Public Health

A Taste of What We Need To Do: Is “Medicare For All” Enough?

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Gentle Reader – Here are a couple of pieces I wrote rapidly and placed on Twitter recently. I have begun work on a book, directed at my fellow citizens, to discuss these issues. read and comment please! The first part … Continue reading

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It Matters: The Individual Mandate

It appears that, barring some action by the Courts, the Republican Tax “Reform” will become law. While there is much to criticize about this bill, including the massive transfer of wealth from the middle and working class to the rich, … Continue reading

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A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality

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By Miles Bryan, WBEZ JANUARY 10, 2018 REPUBLISH THIS STORY Dr. Kathy Tossas-Milligan (left), an epidemiologist with the University of Illinois at Chicago, interviews Yolanda Flowers as part of a pilot project to study the high infant mortality rate in … Continue reading

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The Continuation of Hope

My last column noted the amazing work performed by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors without Borders), detailing the Jahun, Nigeria Project. The picture was a sweeping one, the 30,000 foot view of that project. You might ask – you should … Continue reading

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The Graham-Cassidy Bill: Yet another Attempt to Remove Health Care from Americans and Cut Taxes for the Rich

It had been my intention to write a multi-part series on Health Systems as a way to lead into further discussion about the direction our health system should take. There are also issues related to women’s health, the opiate crisis, … Continue reading

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The Health System of the United States of America – Can We Do Better than This ? A Five Part Series

Part 1 (857 words)   “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”   Those over a certain age will remember this phrase from then Presidential-candidate … Continue reading

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Maybe Death Isn’t All That Bad: Trump’s Budget Proposal Slashes Spending by $3.6 Trillion Over 10 years – Guess Who Pays ?

The “oil spot” theory of counter-insurgency asserts, in brief, that if we take an area and make it safe for the population, the effect of this improved safety would spread beyond the confines of the area made safe(er), kind of … Continue reading

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Repeal of the Affordable Care Act: The Issue Is Not Cost

“Those who need care most often get care least. And even when the poor do get service, it is often second rate…This situation will be corrected only when the poor have sufficient purchasing power to enter the medical marketplace on … Continue reading

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act – Be Afraid

Gentle Readers – this was published this morning in the Daily Item, the paper for this area of Pennsylvania. I grant that it is not measured and without passion. But then, if you have read anything I have written, you … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Commons – Drug Shortages and Our Patients’ Health | The American Journal of Medicine Blog

Gentle Readers – A brief editorial written by colleagues and me related to the abuse of the Commons by unbridled capitalism. Yes, we live in a capitalist country, but without proper regulation “..the weak become the meat that the strong … Continue reading

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