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18
Aug

Can Medicare for All Succeed?

Joshua Holland’s anti–single payer screed (“Medicare for All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care”) is so riddled with misinformation and outright errors that it makes one wonder whether The Nation has laid off its fact-checkers. Just one example: In arguing the impossibility of a health-care transformation in a high-spending nation, Holland claims that Switzerland’s health expenditures

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9
Aug

Americans spending 10 percent of income on health insurance

A new study shows the dramatic impact of rising cost of health care on national family budgets. The study by the Commonwealth Fund found that the average American family spends 10.1 percent of its income just on health insurance premiums and deductibles, up from 6.5 percent a decade ago. The average annual total premium for family coverage is now $17,322.

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4
Aug

Why Single-Payer Health Care Saves Money

Lingering uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has spurred the California legislature to consider adoption of a statewide single-payer health care system. Sometimes described as Medicare for all, single-payer is a system in which a public agency handles health care financing while the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Discussions of

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1
Aug

Without health, people have nothing': Tanzania seeks a political salve-podcast transcript

Backed by Graça Machel and her fellow Elders, the Tanzanian government is introducing healthcare reforms that could revitalise its economic prospects. Lucy Lamble investigates LL Lucy Lamble TD Dr Tedros Adhanom RY Robert Yates UM Ummy Mwalimu GM Graça Machel MR Mary Robinson FC Fiona Chalunda TA Without health, people have nothing. Do we want our fellow citizens to die because they are

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27
Jul

South African child in HIV remission without drugs

Treating HIV-infected children briefly in infancy may lower the need for life-long therapy. Image source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) A 9-year-old child from South Africa has been living with HIV in drug-free remission for 8.5 years, scientists announced at the ninth International AIDS Society conference, held in Paris, France. Researchers report that this is

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20
Jul

How can we collaborate across digital health communities?

If digital health communities are epicenters of innovation, why aren’t we collaborating across communities? Innovation is becoming increasingly dependent on the infrastructure established by health systems. Sharing best practices seems like an obvious way for health systems to improve how they leverage and incorporate digital innovation into their clinical practice but, by and large, it isn’t happening. Instead,

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14
Jul

Benefit of caffeine on preemie lungs endures into childhood

It is common practice to give caffeine to babies born prematurely in order to prevent or overcome problems with breathing. Now, a new study shows that the short-term benefits to lung function persist into mid-childhood. The study, which is shortly to be published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, reports on 142

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13
Jul

Iron deficiency may raise heart disease risk

Recent research suggests that iron may have a protective effect against heart disease. These promising findings could pave the way for new treatments. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among people in the United States, responsible for approximately 610,000 deaths each year. A team of researchers from Imperial College London and University College London,

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