Closing Health Disparities with the ACA

Closing Health Disparities with the ACA

Inequalities in healthcare arise when there is unequal access or quality of care for different sectors of the population. These health disparities cut along lines…

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Another Look at Racism

Another Look at Racism

Dr. Jada Bussy-Jones’s lecture revealed a deeper layer of race related health disparities. While I have always assumed that health is linked to socioeconomic status…

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Strides in Sex-Education

Strides in Sex-Education

Education and healthcare are fundamentally intertwined.  As more of the GDP is devoted to healthcare, less is available for public education in America.  Despite this…

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Care for a Dying Patient

Care for a Dying Patient

As our country tries to decrease the cost of healthcare, we must appreciate the extreme cost of dying in America. According to Atul Gawande,  “twenty-five…

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The Ethics of Hope

The Ethics of Hope

                      Studying what it means to be dead, both legally and subjectively, in class has inspired me to explore the case of Jahi…

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A New Look at Palliative Care

A New Look at Palliative Care

Thursday’s class was particularly meaningful to me. As a pre-med student, I have been under the impression that the purpose of medicine is to cure…

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Medical Rationing: Necessity at the Heart of Controversy

Medical Rationing: Necessity at the Heart of Controversy

Rationing has been an ongoing debate in health care; it is fraught with ethical, social, and political implications. The concept of rationing often has negative…

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Run to Aid or Run Away? The Legal and Ethical Obligations of the Good Samaritan

Run to Aid or Run Away? The Legal and Ethical Obligations of the Good Samaritan

While listening to the story last week of the cardiac surgeon sitting on a plane who ignored the call to respond to a passenger in…

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The High Cost of Living

The High Cost of Living

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68751915@N05/6355351769/   In class on Thursday, Erin C. Fuse Brown (2014) from Georgia State’s Law School discussed new nondiscrimination rules that the Affordable Care Act…

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Medicine: Breeding Grounds for Narcissism

Medicine: Breeding Grounds for Narcissism

http://www.thehealthculture.com/tag/doctorpatient-relationship/ As I reviewed his publications, I came across a synopsis of Dr. John Banja’s book, Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism, and an interview in which…

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Improving Support for Mental Health Services

Improving Support for Mental Health Services

Over the past few decades, mental health has not received enough financial support.  According to Mark et al. (1), mental health and substance abuse spending…

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Reduction in Health Care Fraud to Reduce Healthcare Expenditure

Reduction in Health Care Fraud to Reduce Healthcare Expenditure

The United States is regularly criticized as having excessively high healthcare expenditure, accounting for 17.2% of the GDP (Markowitz, 2014). It is estimated that three…

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The Future of Hospice Care

The Future of Hospice Care

End-of-life care can be incredibly expensive and emotionally draining to both the patient and his/her family. In fact, it could be the highest medical bill…

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