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Jeffrey Young

Here's Why The Richest Nation In The World Still Can't Get Health Care Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.13.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago, U.S. President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party had a crazy idea that maybe the richest nation in the history of th...

Health Literacy: An Unrecognized Problem in Our Health Care System

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Americans are fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, but each time we ignore the opportunity to establish thoughtful, effective communication among all our health-related entities and the people and communities they serve, everyone loses.

Poor Diet, Tobacco Use and Lack of Physical Activity Taking Toll on Nation's Health

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

There is strength in numbers, and we are working with corporations, associations, federal, state, and local government to identify multi-stakeholder solutions that will address the issues facing our nation's health in bold and transformative ways.

Our Health Care System Wastes $750 BILLION Per Year

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, ...

The Double Game of the U.S. Health Insurance Companies

Thomas A. Bass | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business
Thomas A. Bass

The Affordable Care Act, particularly the mandate requiring U.S. citizens to buy health insurance from private companies, may be in legal limbo, awaiting a Supreme Court ruling, but the insurance companies are planning to profit from this ruling, no matter which way it goes.

Handful Of Americans Account For Half Of U.S. Health Care Costs

Posted 01.17.2012 | Business

The cost of health care may have gone up for almost all Americans in recent years, but a handful of consumers are getting hit especially hard. Jus...

Saving the Earth and Saving Lives

Holly Frew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Holly Frew

MedShare is a national nonprofit that recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and medical companies and redistributes it to needy hospitals in the developing world.

Change We Can Believe In, Even From Paris

Veronica De La Cruz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Veronica De La Cruz

There is still plenty of work to be done. So before we uncork the champagne, let's roll up our sleeves. No matter what side you were on, think of this as the beginning, not the end.

Health Care Experiences and Observations from around the World

Raúl de Molina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raúl de Molina

In this country if you go to the emergency room, you may wait hours, if not a day or two to see an actual doctor. Why? Because these rooms are full of patients who don't have insurance.

Americans Dying Too Soon: U.S. Behind Other Nations In Preventable Deaths

Washington Post | Ceci Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Congress presses forward with landmark legislation to revamp the nation's health-care system, lawmakers are grappling with a troubling question: A...

I Was Treated to a Foreign First World Public Health Care System

Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katharine Zaleski

Last Friday I learned what it was like to be part of a civilized, first world health system. I was in England, staying at my godmother's house, when I got slammed by one of my chronic migraines.