health care

Over the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing about the accomplishments of the 2013 legislative session, which ended last week.  And lawmakers did approve some legislation, but one key consumer issue was left unaddressed.

Andrew Coates: Scribbling In The Chart

May 24, 2013

William Faulkner, the great American writer who was born in New Albany, Mississippi, wrote screenplays to support his family, although he didn't really like the job, and referred to it as "mere scribbling."

In The Philadelphia Chromosome, journalist Jessica Wapner tells the story of the breakthrough cancer drug Gleevec, which has saved the lives of thousands of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and other cancers since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2001.

  America’s health care system is in line for some major changes.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that primary care needs to be addressed right away.

Andrew Coates: A Near Miss

Apr 26, 2013

Many years back during my residency training, on my first overnight as the senior admitting resident, I got a call from an emergency physician at a tiny rural hospital. Her patient had pulmonary emboli -- blood clots to arteries of the lungs. She proposed to transfer the patient to our hospital, where closer monitoring would be available.

Andrew Coates: The Human Consequences of Austerity

Apr 22, 2013

I live in upstate New York. If you're hearing this, chances are you do too.

Blair Horner: President Obama's Budget

Apr 15, 2013

Last week, President Obama offered his plan for the federal budget.  According to the President, his proposed $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade.  The President’s plan includes a number of proposals, most notably: ending the “sequester” (that’s the current law that has automatically cut federal spending), reducing spending in the Medicare and Social Security programs, as well as tax increases that would primarily hit high-income households and corporations.

Andrew Coates: Medicare And Medicine As A Profession

Apr 12, 2013

Medicare is the publicly funded health benefit package that covers most necessary care for older Americans and people with disabilities.

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation on earth.  Yet, the U.S. has some of the worst health care outcomes of any nation in the developed world.  Why is that?  It’s due to the tortured way the nation runs its system.

Blair Horner: Health Inequality Grows

Mar 18, 2013

It’s well established that the income gap between rich and poor in America has increased over the past few decades.  Income inequality among developed nations is highest in the United States.  Most of the growth in this inequality has been between the middle class and top earners, with the disparity becoming more extreme the further one goes up in income.