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11 Charts That Show Exactly What's Wrong With The US Healthcare System

Yet Americans lead far shorter lives than residents of other developed countries. American infants have a lower chance of surviving past infancy than those born in eight other affluent nations.<p>What explains these striking incongruities? Here are 11 charts that might help.<p>In terms of overall life …

Health Care

Why Everyone Should Get A Flu Shot — Even Healthy Adults

It's that time of year again. And if you're thinking of skipping out on your annual flu vaccination, you should seriously reconsider.<p>While choosing to avoid the shot and get the flu might not kill you, it could kill someone else.<p>Really.<p>Why Skipping The Shot Is Potentially Deadly<p>Getting vaccinated …

Public Health

Canadian couple will be charged nearly $1 million in medical bills because they gave birth in the U.S.

Blue Cross refuses to cover the medical bills because of a “preexisting condition”<p>Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel, a Saskatchewan resident and Canadian citizen, was six months pregnant when she and her husband, Darren, decided to travel to Hawaii on vacation. She checked with her doctor, who said it would …

Ebola Vaccine Researchers Have Made A Breakthrough

The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 5,700 people, mostly in West Africa.<p>Pharmaceutical companies and health agencies are scrambling to fast-track experimental drugs and vaccines that could help.<p>In the first phase of testing, all 20 healthy …

Disease

Researchers Campaign Against Americans’ Sweet Tooth With Public Health Initiative

Dean Schillinger is a primary-care physician at San Francisco General Hospital. He first came to the city in 1990 at the peak of the AIDS epidemic. …

'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Advances In Ohio

Republican lawmakers in Ohio on Thursday advanced a bill that would ban abortion as soon as the fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.<p>H.B. 248, the so-called "Heartbeat bill," advanced out of the House Health and Aging Committee by a party-line vote of 11 to 6. If …

Sometimes health policy can’t be about about health care

A paper in this month’s edition of Health Affairs (gated) provides a stark reminder that many determinants of health lay well outside the boundaries …

Will Healthcare.gov work when open enrollment begins Saturday?

Will Healthcare.gov work when open enrollment begins on Saturday? That's the question on the minds of Americans who will be logging on to buy health …

GOP wins blunt Medicaid expansion

The 2014 gubernatorial elections were supposed to sweep in Democrats who would lead the charge for Medicaid expansion in the states. At least that’s how the advocates of expansion saw it.<p>Instead, the Republican incumbents survived, deflating hopes for expansion to cover potentially several million …

A Disease We Thought Was History Is Making An Alarming Comeback

We worry about dying in a plane crash, not a car accident — even though the latter has a far greater risk. So it goes with diseases, where Americans tend to fear distant new threats, like Ebola, and ignore the bogeymen so much likelier to get us: heart disease, diabetes, the flu.<p>Those with the …

Public Health

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare

Obamacare once again faces death before the Supreme Court.<p>The justices announced Friday they will decide on a lawsuit claiming that the language of the Affordable Care Act doesn't allow the government to provide tax credits to low- and moderate-income health insurance consumers using the federally …

White House plans to release Obamacare data monthly

The Obama administration plans to release data on health insurange signups through Obamacare exchanges on a monthly basis, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.<p>"We will release data on regular monthly intervals, just like was done in Massachusetts, and just like what was done and is …

Quarantined nurse: New Ebola policy in N.J., N.Y. an 'ordeal'

A nurse under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has blasted stringent new state policies for dealing with health care workers returning from West Africa, saying the change could lead to medical professionals being treated like "criminals and …

Putting Ebola in America in Perspective

Several weeks ago a poll showed that 43 percent of Americans were "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or their immediate family member will catch Ebola. A doctor in New York being diagnosed with Ebola may have only exacerbated this "worry". So, I want to put the Ebola epidemic in America …

Disease

Pediatric Brain Tumor Research: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

At the age of 10, my friend Sydney was diagnosed with a tumor in her brainstem, the part of the brain that controls life's most vital functions. Her cancer was inoperable and did not respond to other treatments. Sydney, the most vivacious member of my fifth grade class, had her life taken by this …

Cancer

Drop In Vaccinations Linked To Spikes In Preventable Diseases Around The World

A growing anti-vaccination movement, coupled with ongoing difficulties in reaching underserved populations, is taking a global toll on efforts to eradicate infectious diseases, new data from the Council on Foreign Relations suggests.<p>Polio, measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough are all …

St. Louis gave teens free birth control, and they now have very low abortion rates

Since 2007, a program in St. Louis has offered teenagers free access to all types of birth control. They can choose pills, intra-uterine devices or any other FDA-approved contraceptive.<p>These St. Louis teens have had markedly lower pregnancy, abortion and birth rates than the rest of the country, …

Surprise out of network hospital bills: Why it’s so hard for states to protect patients.

Let’s say you’re pregnant. You’ve had months to plan the delivery and pick an in-network OB-GYN practice and a convenient hospital that’s covered by …

Infographic: Nurse Practitioners & the Affordable Care Act

The infographic below comes courtesy of Simmons School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Check the full link out at: …

Fixing the VA: An Opportunity for Health Care in the US

The new VA Secretary has an opportunity not only fix the VA, but to innovate and lead in delivering healthcare in the U.S. Here are some places to start:<p>• Focus on keeping people healthy and productive, not just repairing the sick.<p>• Use social and military networks to deliver care.<p>• Aggressively …

Health Care

Long-Acting Contraceptives Help Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rates, Study Finds

Teenage girls who are given access to long-acting contraceptives such as IUDs or hormonal implants at no cost are less likely to become pregnant, …

On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case

Hospitals have been on the lookout for the Ebola virus in the United States, and Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas was no exception. A nurse there did ask about the travel history of the patient who later turned out to be infected with the virus. But some members of the medical team didn't hear …

Obamacare could be a tonic for overtaxed ERs

Some early signs hint that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is relieving hospitals' financial pressure by reducing unpaid …

Obamacare has reduced the uninsured rate for virtually everyone — except kids

By now, the evidence seems pretty clear that Obamacare has reduced the ranks of the uninsured across virtually every demographic since the start of the law's coverage expansion in January. Except for one, apparently: kids.<p>The good news is that children under 18 have had a pretty low uninsured rate …

‘Virtual Care?’

You can find more of Larry Lambert’s work here.<p>Cartoons are the property of their respective artists and are subject to copyright laws. Do not …

Why Even Uber-Conservative States Are Now Bending On Obamacare

Few states are as conservative as Wyoming. Nearly 70 percent of its voters went for Mitt Romney in 2012. Out of 90 legislative seats, 78 are held by …

Health Care

Guest Links - Community Health Center Conversations on Health Care with Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of …