In a strange way, the VA and military health system problems might actually help American medicine leaders figure out the way forward.
Countless books have been written about the need to change habits and live a healthy lifestyle. Yet it's clear just by looking at obesity rates that there is much to be done to improve the American lifestyle.
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.
Hiding sensuality behind health, instead of celebrating it, devalues the erotic lives of women and men. More than that, our political embarrassment about sex has leveraged the power of the wealthy to control the intimate lives of others.
Prone to fantasy, part of our minds and hearts wants to believe we are "free" -- free of others' needs, free of responsibility, free of the duty we owe the members of the human community on which we depend to survive.
I personally know at least three women with diabetes who walked down the isle with small, light pink areas on their carefully chosen wedding dresses, where blood from a lanced finger had been hastily cleaned by loving moms, sisters, and friends.
Following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many employers have seen their health care costs rise. Our new report, "2014 Employer-Sponsored Health Care: ACA's Impact," shows some will pass those new costs onto their staff.
Obamacare Is Working
A commentary was published last month on the blog site of the prestigious British Medical Journal telling us, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective. Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.
New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.
All of us as patients would do well to make informed decisions about the providers we see based on the fit between their established qualifications and our needs -- not knee-jerk reactions to their titles.
With growing evidence that the ACA is succeeding in expanding health insurance coverage and access to health care, any alternative faces a higher and higher hill. At one time, ideological pronouncements and empty talk of legislation worked in the abstract, but now we need real-world solutions that build on the gains we've made.
Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.
Having insurance without a nuanced, hands-on approach does not lead to better access to health care. Simply having insurance doesn't mean you get the right treatment and many patients with insurance have such high deductibles that they avoid seeking health care.
No matter how long some of the most onerous provisions are delayed, the TPP in its current form will be a terrible deal for all countries involved. Negotiating countries must not be fooled by this so-called compromise from U.S. negotiators.
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.