A Step in the Right Direction for Prevention!

I'm really liking our new Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin. Her focus is spot on with prevention and cost cutting needing to be the guiding principles to get all Americans on the to good, long-term health. In her June, 18, 2010 post "Investing in Prevention", Dr. Benjamin outlined the details of the Affordable Care Act which, she writes, "created a new Prevention and Public Health Fund … [Read more...]

Health Care Reform Passes. But, who really wins?

So, the Health Care Reform Bill passes yesterday in the House. Some people want to embrace this moment as a victory because any health care bill that becomes law is better than nothing. I heard a lot of "this was a long time coming", "finally", "it was our time yesterday", and comments like that. I also heard a great deal of "time will tell", "who is the really winner?", "is it a victory with a … [Read more...]

Prescription Filling Is Dangerous to Our Wallets

Like most Americans, I have a few prescriptions I fill regularly. Seems to come with age, even though I’m not that old! A couple of these prescriptions I’ve had for years – same drug and same dose, and with the same insurance company. Mid-January, I went to my local CVS to fill one of the prescriptions and the pharmacist who rang up the transaction picked up the bag twice, typed a few things in … [Read more...]

The State of the Union needs to focus on the right state of the health care system

With all eyes and ears on President Obama's first State of the Union address tonight, I can't help but wonder what issues he'll raise with the health care reform debacle. In my mind there is only one, physician work place issues.   Sure, insurance and payment is important as is curtailing our out of control malpractice culture but until we find a way to really repair the issues of the health care … [Read more...]