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Can We Ever Achieve Affordable Health Care in the U.S.?

John Geyman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

We have to recognize that the more unaffordable health care becomes, the less access to essential care Americans have and the worse their outcomes will be. In order to fix this huge and growing problem, we need to think much more broadly about needed approaches.

Big PhRMA: Blatant Greed and Disregard for the Public Interest

John Geyman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

This is not an isolated example, just the latest of a longer-term problem -- pharmaceutical companies buying up rare drugs, then making huge price increases.

Decreasing Number of Uninsured: Metric For Success of the Affordable Care Act?

John Geyman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

While it is tempting to look at just one metric--the decline in numbers of the uninsured, this is a trap if used to deceive ourselves as to the success of the ACA. As the above examples indicate, we still have a long way to go before we can say that we have reformed U. S. health care in the public interest.

Does the Affordable Care Act Guarantee Healthcare as a Right?

John Geyman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Healthcare as a right has been debated over many years, but is still not in place for all Americans as this country remains an outlier among advanced industrial countries around the world.

Finding Independence Beyond Business as Usual 

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Please understand that, as consumers and Americans, you have more options and choices than you know. Celebrate your independence by not being led by current marketing and legislative processes that are not in your best interest or the interest of your family's health and well-being.

Who Is the Patient: The Insurance Industry or Real People?

John Geyman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Uncontrolled inflation of health care costs continues unimpeded as insurers, hospitals, drug companies, and others in the medical-industrial complex embrace expanded and subsidized new markets with minimal oversight.

Medicare at 50: Strengths to Build On

John Geyman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Traditional Medicare has proven its superiority over any private, market-based alternatives for the last 50 years. It is time to build on this social insurance model as the health care debate continues.

Privatized Medicaid Managed Care: Yet Another Health Policy Disaster

John Geyman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

You might think that we learned the lesson of discredited managed care in the 1990s. The term "managed care" is confusing to many, but really amounts to managed reimbursement rather than managed care, whereby a set prospective annual payment is made by federal/state governments, as in the case of Medicaid managed care (MMC), to cover whatever services patients will receive over the coming year.

Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicin...

Starting a Juice Cleanse? 4 Things You Need to Know

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Juices cleanses are a trendy weight-loss method. Proponents of juice cleanses claim you will lose weight and remove toxins from your body. Is it really healthy to only have liquids for as long as a week?

Why the Private Health Insurance Industry Has to Go

John Geyman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

One can argue that the private insurance industry should be regarded as obsolete and not worth saving. However, the ACA has extended its life, including almost $2 trillion in federal subsidies over the next ten years.

Protecting the Public From Cancer

Bill Couzens | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

We all can have a role in impacting increasing incidences of cancer; leadership on all levels, both legislatively and in corporate America, must be engaged to do whatever they can to work toward reducing cancer risk.

Privatization of Medicare: Urgency of the Latest Threat

John Geyman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

House Republicans want to convert Medicare into a voucher program, and would like to see the Senate concur. All this ties together as the biggest threat to health care for seniors and the disabled that we have yet seen. Democrats need to discover their spine!

The ACA at Age 5: What Lessons Can We Draw?

John Geyman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Having assessed in the last three posts the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the last five years, we have seen that the ACA will not bring universal access, contain health care costs for patients and taxpayers, or improve the quality of care.

Long Distance Government

Bill Couzens | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

Senate bill S.697, legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, will create stumbling blocks for states that wish to protect their citizens and their families from harmful chemicals.

The Affordable Care Act at Age Five: Quality of Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA was built on a flawed financing system, which will be unsustainable for patients, families and taxpayers.

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone's Problem

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Clearly, this is an effort that cannot be left to health care professionals alone, but there is more that doctors, nurses and others can do. We can start by including elder abuse in conversations with patients and educating ourselves on the resources available.

Costs and Affordability of Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

In this second post assessing the track record of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) five years after its enactment, we now look at its impact on containment of health care costs and affordability of care, two of its principal goals.

Obamacare at Age Five: Access to Care

John Geyman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Based on the above, together with trends going forward, it is clear that the ACA has failed to remedy the nation's access to care problem.

Brill's Bitter Pill: Accurate Diagnosis, Inadequate Treatment

John Geyman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA is unsustainable because of its inefficiency, increasing bureaucracy, and unaffordable costs to taxpayers as well as patients and families. As all this becomes more clear, we should all ask, what should follow the ACA?

A Critical Resource for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Jean's mother, Irene, had been having memory problems and frequent confusion for quite some time and Jean took her to the doctor to discuss these issu...

Martin Luther King Jr. -- Health Care as a Moral Crisis

John Geyman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

The Common Principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our mad dash towards instant gratification and easy comfort, we continue to consume empty calories that yield chronic diseases that we address pharmaceutical interventions.

Ironman Maryland

Brian Boyle | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

This past weekend I participated in the Inaugural Ironman Maryland, which took place in Cambridge, Maryland. This race was special because there ar...