July 3, Sarah Hearne
“It is unknown whether female physicians can perform equivalently to male physicians with respect to emergency procedures,” begins the abstract of a recently published paper. Outrageous, right? The thing is, if we take a step back and look at the paper in its cultural context—within the context of sexism in Korea—the study is actually a retort against those sexist beliefs. Just because it’s published in an American journal doesn’t mean the primary audience is American, and to impose American moral frames is cultural imperialism.
July 2, Joe Flower
The health care system, as it is currently structured economically, is incapable of reducing costs—no major player across the entire market is truly competing to provide the best medical care at the lowest cost. For all that we talk of being “patient-centered” and “accountable,” the current fee-for-service, incident-oriented system is simply not designed to march towards those lofty goals. The only serious way to evaluate any “reform” that lays claim to lowering prices is to ask: How does this reform plan change the system?
June 27, Chadi Nabhan
Many topics have been rehashed & restated all over social media outlets, from financial toxicity, anti-vaxxers, to who has ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to the health care system. Chadi believes we have bigger problems to solve. He believes we need action plans to help serve patients better, move the needle from talking about financial toxicity to solving it for the sick and vulnerable, and to collaborate and try to align our interest in recognizing that patients are the ultimate end user of the health care system.