Healthcare is one-fifth of the nation's economy and a job creator, adding 16,700 positions in July, on top of the 25,200 added in June. So it is a bit of a head scratcher as to why industry executives weren't part of the conversation.
Single-payer advocates need to articulate how their plan will be paid for. To generate broad-based political support, they will need to show that provider rates will be adequate; that insurers can have a role in the system; and that the public's fear of change can be assuaged.
Most of us are practiced at the art of distinguishing a well-designed website: easy to understand, responsive and nimble. But while the use of EHRs is at an all-time high within hospitals, these systems can't claim any of those positive attributes.
Regarding the story "CMS actuary predicts GOP repeal bill will reduce coverage by 13 million" (ModernHealthcare.com, June 13), with the increasing number of plans that offer horrific coverage for care (catastrophic coverage designs, for example), it is somewhat unfair to simply state a lost coverage number.
A new Netflix documentary shines light on patient experiences with Bayer's permanent birth control device Essure. The company recently said it would stop selling the device in the U.S. at the end of the year.