When one is focused on negatives, desiring government involvement in an area like healthcare is not surprising. If we were able to divorce ourselves psychologically from politics, would that help us see all the benefits our country has to offer? We need to be focusing on our country’s positives, including our advanced level of medical care.
“We should be suspicious about the truth of prices if we ask healthcare insurance and other third party vendors whose livelihood depends on high prices. But what if there were a scenario in which third parties were optional, and knew that they needed to provide value, or find another line of business?” ~John Flo, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
On Aug. 20, thousands of people came together across the country to raise awareness of medical student and physician suicide and depression. Physicians rank among the highest in suicides; and, we lose an average of 400 medical students—roughly the size of an entire medical school—each year, to suicide. The event’s main organizer, Lacey Kohlmoos, discusses how the events went, and what other projects are in the offing.
People outside of our movement may call us uninformed, selfish, even radical. In his typically provocative way, Dr. Smith embraces these comments, playfully referencing Star Wars, calling conference attendees “rebel scum.” Yes, we are certainly rebels—rebels for the cause of free, principled medicine.
“Transparent pricing, without using third party insurance or third party payers, offers a way out of politics. It doesn’t require Congress passing a massive bill to completely reform the healthcare system. It just requires individual providers deciding that they want nothing to do with the corrupt third party payment system, where so-called “non-profit” hospitals pocket so much of the revenue. It is non-ideological and non-partisan. It is the best hope for a free market healthcare system that we have.” ~Daniel Milyavsky, MS2, Stony Brook University College of Medicine
Ensuring that rural, impoverished people receive the best care at the nearest point of contact involves strategic health communication and resource management. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole, is striving towards several ideal solutions, which may include UC, Irvine’s portable ultrasound initiative, thanks to MS1 Faith Njoku.
Dr. Lee Gross, MD, presents direct primary care plan Epiphany Health to AMSA national conference for medical students at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine October 12, 2013, sponsored by the Benjamin Rush Institute, a non-profit organization protecting doctor-patient relationships and preserving freedom of choice in medicine. Dr. Gross is a family physician in Florida […]