Patient Physician Communication: Where does the future of doctor visits lie?
America / Healthcare / Politics / Technology

Patient Physician Communication: Where does the future of doctor visits lie?

Today, technology seems to be involved and assist in every aspect of human life. Very few realms of society lack total involvement in new technologies that optimize or create more efficient models for everyday life and industry. Most methods of communication utilize technological platforms to reach broader audiences and improve global connectivity. Health care, while … Continue reading

Brand vs. Generic: TPP’s Looming Drug War
Healthcare / Trade

Brand vs. Generic: TPP’s Looming Drug War

Earlier last week, Politico leaked a chapter from a recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement granting intellectual property protection for pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, for trade negotiators, the leaked information does little to quell the loud harangues and controversy surrounding international intellectual property rights (IPR). Developing countries and proponents for the global poor, labor unions, … Continue reading

Graduate Medical Education: Yes, That’s Subsidized Too
Healthcare

Graduate Medical Education: Yes, That’s Subsidized Too

In light of several media reports detailing grim projections of physician shortages, it is startling that just 35 years ago, the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee (GMENAC) published a report that included over 100 recommendations to reduce the growing surplus of physicians. Unlike between 1970 and 1990 however, the U.S. is now experiencing a deficit in physicians, or … Continue reading

The ACA Era of Mergers and Acquisitions
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

The ACA Era of Mergers and Acquisitions

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of March 2010 spurred many changes in the U.S. health care marketplace. The regulation intended to encourage optimization of care, increased access, and reduced costs. Interestingly, the private market has had its own economic response to increased regulation – mergers and acquisitions. Evidently, the shifts in the … Continue reading

What You Don’t Know About Physician Assisted Suicide
Healthcare / Other

What You Don’t Know About Physician Assisted Suicide

What would you say a physician does? Chances are, your response would have something to do with healing people who are sick. Would you think about describing doctors as people who readily expedite death for their patients? There are currently three states that have legalized physician assisted suicide (PAS), and there are at least twenty-two … Continue reading

Special Needs Families and the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Economy / Education

Special Needs Families and the Affordable Care Act

The Federal Government’s role as a safety net for the vulnerable has been growing steadily since the passage of the New Deal in the wake of the Great Depression, when President Roosevelt introduced such novel concepts as Social Security. Follow-up legislation in the 1960s established Medicare, which continues to help senior citizens remain independent as … Continue reading