single payer health care http://wamc.org en Andrew Coates: Why Are They All Saying "Single Payer?" http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-why-are-they-all-saying-single-payer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week we saw a domestic national news cycle dominated by the "glitches" that derailed the launch of the web-based exchanges where uninsured American people and their small business employers can shop for private health insurance. This week, as stories about private health insurance continue to dominate the headlines, the term "single payer" has bobbed up with increasing frequency.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 76853 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: Medicine As A Beleaguered Profession http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-medicine-beleaguered-profession <p>A young friend and keen analyst of social change made the observation that it seems that physicians, when it comes to the contemporary state of our profession, seem a bit in shock, as if suffering a grief reaction. She referenced the stages of grief elucidated by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.*</p><p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 70626 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: How Human Resilience Reveals An Unnecessarily Cruel System http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-how-human-resilience-reveals-unnecessarily-cruel-system <p>Recently one of my patients, someone in a very frail state, insisted upon discharge the next day, over my objections. The patient's spouse was facing cancer and now was the time to be at home, not in the hospital.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:32:18 +0000 Andrew Coates 69075 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: We Need Much More Than Medicaid Expansion http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-we-need-much-more-medicaid-expansion <p>It is common for people to assume that President Obama's Affordable Care Act will lead to universal coverage, after all that was its stated aim.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:20:34 +0000 Andrew Coates 68094 at http://wamc.org