As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.
As co-chair of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus, I look forward to leading an ongoing dialogue on the how important expanding Medicaid is for my state, Georgia, and the entire country.
Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.
For some, the very size of the U.S. health care reform challenge means that government should stay out of it. If it's really big and complicated, the argument goes, government is the last place to look for help. But there's another point of view.
Clinical analytics can quantify everything from patient outcomes to readmissions and emergency department visits, to wait times and utilization of high-cost services. This new level of insight and transparency is good for both clinical outcomes and for business.
Pope Francis is summoning Catholics -- and all persons of good will -- to heed this message and to take action. And in the United States, no one has taken this call more to heart than the Nuns on the Bus.
It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of the physician healer. While there was no exact date provided, it was believed that his d...
I just returned from Findlay, Ohio where I addressed 25 people with Type 2 diabetes. Most of them use insulin and most rely on Medicaid for their insu...
As other countries have found many years ago, the government must become more involved in pricing and financing of health care services, together with a more rigorous process of assessing services based on scientific evidence, efficacy and cost-effectiveness.
Enactment of the Affordable Care Act legislation is transforming the delivery of health care, with an objective to make it more accessible and afforda...
Making medical care more accessible is great, and the long-term goal of building new facilities and refurbishing old ones sounds great. But let's address the real problem: the VA system as a whole, the staggering bureaucracy it's become, and its culture of unaccountability.
To prevent a repeat of this tragedy, the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the leaders of the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS) must quickly turn to a third question: "How can the facility solve its seemingly unsolvable patient access problem?"
Opponents of the law have filed four lawsuits designed to stop families from obtaining the very thing that allows them to afford their health insurance premiums: tax credit subsidies.
While on a recent business trip to Washington D.C., I had the privilege of a brief conversation with Arianna Huffington. I can only imagine how many p...
The V.A. scandal over access to care for our veterans is, of course, a betrayal of our government's debt to our veterans and a national disgrace that needs fixing on an urgent basis. Although we still don't know the full extent of the problems.
I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."