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
Aishat Olanlege, BRI’s first international student chapter president from Ibadan College of Medicine in Oyo State, Nigeria, gives a presentation at BRI’s 4th annual leadership conference on what it’s like working in the trenches of rural Nigeria, bringing healthcare to the communities there.
Eric Sink, medical student from Saint Louis University shared Epharmix, a medical innovation he helped create. Using basic technology available to most people (cell phones, texting, computers), Epharmix allows a doctor to check in at regular intervals with patients about specific conditions and questions.
“If you could ask your patient one question every day, what would you ask?” is Epharmix’s theme. By using touchtone phones or computer technology, patients can give their doctors health status updates, thereby helping doctors and their staff monitor patients, when patients are not able to come to the office.
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 […]