September 23, 2016 |
In fewer than 10 years, the United States could be short more than 90,000 physicians. This looming doctor shortage will be especially problematic for Latinos, the fastest-growing segment of our population, for whom the proportion of Latino doctors to Latino patients has already dropped by 29 percent between 1980 and 2010. Physician shortages threaten a lack of access to care for patients, particularly in minority and low-income areas, given that minority physicians are more likely to practice in those areas.
September 20, 2016 |
After Maura Rosato, a restaurant cook, sliced her hand at work not long ago, she weighed her health-care options thoughtfully. "I could go to my doctor," she said last week. "I could go to the emergency room. Or I could go here," she said, nodding toward the sweeping stone-and-glass exterior of LourdesCare at Cherry Hill, an ambulatory-care center on Route 70. More than a doctor's office, less than a hospital, capacious health-care facilities like this are sprouting along Route 70 in Cherry Hill, earning it the nickname "Health Care Highway" from Mayor Chuck Cahn.
September 1, 2016
It was bad enough pharmaceutical giant Mylan jacked up the price of the life-saving EpiPen from $100 to $600 since 2007, but when it announced this week it would sell an identical generic for $300, it underscored the maddening state of American health care. The EpiPen, which gives people with severe allergies an emergency dosage of epinephrine, is an exclusive product of Mylan. Competitors are developing alternatives, but some hit unexpected setbacks or may not be ready for market for a year or two. That gives Mylan control over its drug costs for now, something free marketers may argue the company should have.
August 12, 2016 |
Accolade Inc., which contracts with self-insured employers and insurers to help beneficiaries navigate health care, on Thursday announce that it raised more than $70 million from investors led by Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Founded in the Philadelphia region in 2007, Accolade now has joint headquarters in Plymouth Meeting and Seattle, where the company's new chief executive, Rajeev Singh, is based. Accolade, which employs around 500 in Plymouth Meeting, said it will use the new venture capital to further develop its technology, invest in research and development, and expand its sales and marketing reach.
August 10, 2016 |
Philadelphia has plenty of primary-care providers overall, but there is far less access to care in communities with the highest concentrations of African American residents, according to a new study. While the general findings were not a surprise - highly segregated black (and, to a lesser extent, Hispanic) areas were known to have fewer medical practitioners - the difference was bigger than the researchers had expected. The effect was independent of neighborhood poverty rates, which turned out to be less significant than anticipated, although it is not clear why. The results pointed to the limitations even of sweeping legislation such as President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which led to unprecedented reductions in the number of people without insurance.
August 8, 2016
Marybeth Hagan is a writer in Merion Station The balloons have fallen and Democratic National Conventioneers went their merry ways. Yet one recurring theme of that Philadelphia political event left me uneasy. Democrats seem dead set on being the party that celebrates abortion and bills taxpayers for it. While some convention speakers spoke of abortion as "reproductive health care," others openly crowed the word. Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America's president, took that verbalization one step further and talked about her abortion years ago. "I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time," Hogue said.
August 2, 2016 |
President Obama recently took to the Journal of the American Medical Association to defend his health-care law and recommend additional reforms. Among them? A government-run "public option" designed to compete against insurers on the exchanges. Instead of looking to increase the federal government's role in health care yet again, he should have cribbed from House Speaker Paul Ryan's health-care blueprint, which was released late last month as part of his "A Better Way" reform agenda.
July 31, 2016 |
A Horsham company that provides bedside X-rays and other diagnostic services will move 63 call-center jobs to Clearwater, Fla., in September. About 100 people will remain in the Horsham office of MobilexUSA, Mary Berberich, a sales support supervisor in Horsham, said Friday. The layoff announcement was posted Thursday on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor's web site. The Horsham call center employees have been offered the chance to relocate, and MobilexUSA's human resources department is trying to find jobs for them in other local call centers, Berberich said.
July 26, 2016
Few conditions are more divisive and frustrating than income inequality. Even as rising profits and productivity have produced higher incomes for more affluent Americans, many middle- and lower-income families are struggling. That disparity resonated with voters in the primaries and caucuses leading up to this week's Democratic National Convention. Executive pay is 276 times the average worker's pay. Meanwhile, average wages have steadily lost buying power since 1979 because they have not kept pace with the cost of living.
July 25, 2016 |
Bernie Sanders may not bring chaos to the convention in Philadelphia as GOP runner-up Ted Cruz did in Cleveland, but the Vermont senator's influence on the campaign and where Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party stand on issues such as trade and health care will be impossible to miss this week. Sanders drew tens of thousands of people to his rallies, where he railed against a "rigged" economy and corrupt campaign-finance system that he argued were transforming America into a plutocracy.