May 17, 2016
By David Woods One hears these days mutterings by disaffected Americans that if Donald Trump becomes president, they will pack their bags and leave for Canada. One assumes, of course, that no wall will be built along the border to thwart their exit. I made the reverse trip. Having emigrated from Britain to Canada, where I became the editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, I opted to come to the United States in 1988 for personal reasons. But I was also taken with American rugged individualism and a health-care system focused on market forces and competition.
May 15, 2016 |
When Gina McCarthy started her professional life, she was a public health worker in community health centers. She still considers herself a public health worker, although her job today - administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - is vastly different. What that early community work showed, McCarthy recently told a group of digital health professionals meeting in Philadelphia, was the strong connection between environmental health and public health. "I was seeing people come in day in and day out with asthma, or the elderly who couldn't breathe," she said.
May 10, 2016 |
What lies behind Donald Trump's nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled, and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the "establishment. " This is the narrative: GOP political leaders made promises of all kinds and received in return, during President Obama's years, major electoral victories that gave them the House, the Senate, 12 new governorships, and 30 state houses. Yet they didn't deliver.
May 10, 2016 |
NEW YORK - David Shulkin, the physician tasked with overhauling the biggest health system in the country, is listening to the heart of an infantryman. Stomach pains and vomiting brought Pierre Auguste, 24, into the veterans walk-in clinic at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in Lower Manhattan. Once a month, Shulkin escapes his Washington office and sees patients here, to learn more about the system from the front lines. As the undersecretary of health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Shulkin is responsible for the health care of nearly 8.8 million vets.
May 7, 2016
By Marie Conley Sometimes we take Philadelphia for granted. We lead busy lives and don't often stop and reflect on the amazing things that routinely happen here. When you grow up in lower Bucks, as I did, it is easy to fall in love with the pulse of the city, its neighborhoods, American history, and, of course, the fantastic food. But I'm talking about life-changing stuff. I'm talking about men and women working at acclaimed research centers who are pioneering technological and medical breakthroughs on a regular basis.
May 2, 2016 |
Key Philadelphia suburbs are poised this year to have their best job growth in many years, after lagging since the 2008-09 recession. Gains in construction, health care, and professional services are expected to push Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties to 2 percent job growth this year - a level not seen since 2000, Moody's Analytics said. "Anecdotally, you can look around and see more activity in pharmaceutical investment and more health-related, pharmaceutical-related start-up activity," said Adam Ozimek, an economist with Moody's Analytics in West Chester.
April 28, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Lab testing tips An estimated 70 percent of health-care decisions depend on medical laboratory testing, which makes this week, National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an appropriate time to share some tips on how to be an informed patient when getting a lab test: Adhere to dietary or fasting instructions before the test to ensure accurate results. Ask whether the tests will be run in an accredited laboratory. Federal regulators monitor the accuracy and reliability of medical laboratory testing.
April 24, 2016 |
In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital, and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday. Yet researchers found no improvement in adults' own assessments of their health, a conclusion echoed by similar studies, the authors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Two factors might explain the lack of perceived improvement.
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Single-payer systems work A determination as to whether a health-care system is working must be based on three factors: access, cost, and outcomes. A commentary about single-payer health care barely touches on two of these factors while not mentioning outcomes ("Single-payer health care unworkable, too costly," March 8). U.S. health-care spending is the highest in the world, yet we rank 37th in the world in quality of care and have the lowest life expectancy among major industrialized countries: 78.8 years in 2013, compared with a median of 81.2 years among those countries.
March 13, 2016
Q How do I use the hospital ratings information I keep seeing online? A:Before I choose a car, appliance, or even a restaurant, I check out ratings and reviews. Your purchase of health care should get the same attention - or more. At least 10 different websites list quality and safety ratings for Pennsylvania hospitals. You can and should use this information in your search for a hospital. Hospital Compare, Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, and the Joint Commission Top Performers are among the most trustworthy places to look.