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THCB Reader

July 9 · Issue #12 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

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You may have noticed that you didn’t receive a THCB Reader last week. We delayed this one because of the long weekend and will be back to sending one every Thursday.
On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Sarah Hearne addresses how removing cultural contexts from academic research paper’s propagates American cultural imperialism; Joe Flower comments on how the US’s health system is inherently flawed and in order to bring true reform is to start by asking how a plan changes the system as a whole; and Chadi Nabhan asks if we can move on from the ‘anti-vaxxers’ & other related debate topics, so we can start focusing on serving the most sick & vulnerable patients. On Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I discuss Omada Health’s raise and Call9 shutting down, and THCB Spotlights Brooke LeVasseur, CEO of ArtisaMD. HardCore Health’s episode 2 is out and features some great guests including Deven McGraw, Fred Trotter, and Ian Morrison, give it a listen below -Matthew Holt

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. 

HardCore Health Podcast, Episode 2: Consumerism & Privacy – The Health Care Blog
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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 87 | Omada, Call9 & Politics
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 87 | Omada, Call9 & Politics
THCB Spotlights: Brooke LeVasseur CEO of AristaMD
THCB Spotlights: Brooke LeVasseur CEO of AristaMD
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