Healthcare Gets More Social
Healthcare / Technology

Healthcare Gets More Social

Traditionally, healthcare was restricted only to highly trained individuals and researchers who worked on their own or with other specialists. Today, however, social media and smartphones are allowing the general population to get more involved with the healthcare industry. Listed below are some interesting examples of how this phenomenon, called crowdsourcing, is improving patient diagnosis, … Continue reading

Is the Physician Shortage a Myth?
America / Healthcare

Is the Physician Shortage a Myth?

The notion that a physician shortage is growing in the United States has become deeply ingrained in the healthcare ethos. However, growing evidence shows that this widely accepted assumption might be fundamentally flawed. The traditional belief about the physician shortage initially seems to make sense for three reasons. First, the segment of the population over … Continue reading

Education / Healthcare

Bad Grades? Here’s a Prescription

The New York Times reported yesterday on the increasing frequency of prescriptions for stimulants (commonly used for ADD and ADHD) being given to children who have no medical problem. These children receive medication because they have been struggling in school. According to the article, children who are struggling in school, especially those in low-income situations, can … Continue reading

Healthcare

Money and Medicine, revisited

Yesterday, PBS premiered a show called “Money and Medicine,” wherein two hospitals were studied (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City) and compared according to their health spending and health outcomes. The film was not incriminating or condescending to either hospital; rather, these examples were used … Continue reading

America / Constitution / Healthcare / Rule of Law

The Supreme Court’s Difficult Decision

As marked by the uncommon three days of oral arguments, totaling six and a half hours, the decision of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) constitutionality will not be an easy for the nine Justices of the Supreme Court. Lawyers argued four issues in front of the bench: the Anti-Injunction Act, the Individual Mandate, the severability … Continue reading

Healthcare

IPAB is a Sinking Ship

You know legislation is bad when both Democrats and Republicans are trying to find a way to repeal it. On Tuesday the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee convened for a hearing to examine how the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) would affect Medicare, beneficiaries, and physicians. The legislation of interest is Section 3403 and … Continue reading