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Dr. Bill Frist

Entries by Dr. Bill Frist

It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

(18) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 1:36 PM

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

We were proud to cosponsor the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act because we knew...

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Decline in Cost of Health Care in America

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 3:21 PM

We have done it. We have decreased the increase in the cost of health care. Let us explain. For three decades (1980-2009), the cost of health care has been increasing each year at an average rate of 7.4 percent -- double the rate of inflation. [1] However, over the past...

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Tennessee Can Expand Medicaid or Forego $1 Billion

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has put Tennessee in a pickle: choose to expand and provide Medicaid to an additional 180,000 previously uninsured people or lose $1 billion of new federal funding over six years (which in part comes from Tennessee taxpayers).

As doctors, we feel a...

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Tennessee Needs Its Own Health Insurance Exchange

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Authored by: Dr. Manoj Jain and Dr. William H. Frist

The ball is in our court.

By "our court" we mean the state of Tennessee, and the ball is the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which has been volleyed at the federal level between Congress, the Supreme Court and the...

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What Childhood Poverty Means

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 8:43 AM

This post is part of a series on childhood poverty in the United States in partnership with Save the Children and Julianne Moore. Moore leads the organization's Valentine's Day campaign, through which cards are sold to support the fight against poverty in the U.S. To learn more or to purchase...

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Inside Dadaab Refugee Complex: What Is Working, What is Not

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:36 PM

Yesterday, I visited the Dadaab Refugee Complex in eastern Kenya with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. While there, we heard stories from mothers with their children who had lost their husbands. Families who had journeyed for weeks to arrive at the camp malnourished and in...

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Visiting Refugee Camps in East Africa

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 3:51 PM

Over 29,000 young children have died of malnutrition and disease in Somalia over the past 90 days. We are now on our way to the Horn of Africa to see what more we as a nation can do.

Early this morning, our plane left Washington, DC bound for East Africa....

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Childhood Pneumonia: The Killer That's Slipped Through the Cracks

(35) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 7:22 AM

Even some physicians I know are amazed when they hear that the leading killer of children under the age of five in the developing world is pneumonia. Not malaria. Not AIDS. A highly preventable and treatable illness is claiming 1.5 million young lives every year.

Vaccines exist that can prevent...

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Mothers in Afghanistan Face Dangers Greater than War

(15) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 3:57 PM

On Mother's Day, Americans recognized the amazing women whose dedication has shaped our families and lives. But let's not forget to honor mothers worldwide, who also deserve our thanks. They nurture the future by offering children a fundamental security that no military could ever match.

Yet in some parts of...

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The Latest in Gifts that Last a Lifetime

(17) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 12:53 PM

Think it's impossible to find a child a hot, new gift for a modest price? If you're hunting for one of those trendy electronic hamsters, you might be out of luck. But take heart: $10 or $15 can still go a long way -- and even save a child's life.

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