I lost the battle, but I was determined to win the war. I still believed that there was an option out there that returned insurance to its rightful place as a hedge against catastrophic expenses. In addition, people deserve an insurance option that does not force them to subsidize healthcare practices that they find morally offensive. ~John Flo, BRI-SLU chapter founder and past-president
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.
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.
When St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, the people rejoiced. When Rep. Souki drives the physicians out of The Aloha State, there will be no such jubilation.
The good news is that your colleagues aren’t uninformed, and their ultimate goal probably isn’t to have the government run everybody’s life. Most likely, they are, like you, people of good will who want a system of government that will do the most good for the most people. Keep that in mind when you talk to them.
Understanding healthcare policy and healthcare economics theory has become important even for doctors to practice medicine. Andrew Widener, medical student from The University of Texas McGovern Medical School addresses the economics of healthcare from an Austrian economics perspective. By understanding underlying economic principles, doctors will be better equipped to foresee and engage with both the positive and negative outcomes of healthcare policy.
Healthcare Economics from an Austrian Perspective, by Andrew Widener
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 […]