The GOP Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.

The language of the bill provides them with a nearly unlimited range of policy options to use the money in the service of providing health care access, and no templates or fallback options. Republican governors from 15 states have endorsed the bill, saying that “adequately funded, flexible block grants to the states are the last, […]

Medicare for All or State Control: Health Care Plans Go to Extremes

“Instead of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars trying to administer an enormously complicated system of hundreds of separate insurance plans, there would be one insurance plan for the American people with one single payer,” said Mr. Sanders, the ringmaster of an event that felt like a political rally, with banners and placards, consumers and […]

Health Concerns Linger After Hurricane Harvey

Sept. 7, 2017 — The hurricane has gone, but health concerns and disease risk remain for all who went through it. Even healthy people, after Harvey’s destructive force, could face health hazards related to polluted air, contaminated water, infected wounds, mold, contagious diseases, carbon monoxide, and mosquitoes. “Going back into the flood environment has risks,” […]

Complacency Could Kill Health Care

All this should be clear to everyone by now. So you might be tempted to assume that no plan along these lines can possibly pass, let alone one that, if anything, looks worse than what we’ve seen so far. But it’s precisely because so many people assume that the threat is behind us, and have […]

The Health 202: Mosquitoes, carbon monoxide and chemicals are big post-Irma health concerns

THE PROGNOSIS People move through flooded streets in Havana after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Want more stories like this? Get them here. Today’s Prognosis is by Sandhya Somashekhar. Paige will be back later this week. Long after the waters have receded, Americans will be grappling […]

Health startup Qventus partners with Sutter Health with the aim to reduce drug costs

Hospital logistics aren’t sexy, but they’re necessary to keep the place humming along during emergencies and to reduce errors and other costly issues. Qventus, a startup with a predictive intelligence software platform, is joining up with one of the largest hospital systems in the U.S., Sutter Health, to see if it can expedite Sutter’s pharmacy […]

Tiber Health wants to solve the world’s doctor shortage

The medical school in Ponce, Puerto Rico seems like an unlikely place to start a revolution in education. While it may look unassuming, with its campus bordered by empty lots, low slung buildings, auto body shops and the freeway, Ponce Health Sciences University is ground zero for an experiment in education that could radically transform the way […]

Governors Sound Off On How To Fix Health Insurance

Governors from left; Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Steve Bullock of Montana, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Gary Herbert of Utah all testified Thursday about ways t improve the ACA. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption toggle caption Jose Luis Magana/AP Governors from left; Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Steve Bullock of Montana, Charlie […]

Short Answers to Hard Questions about Health Threats from Hurricane Harvey

What about other diseases spread by mosquitoes, like West Nile? West Nile virus is endemic in the United States and outbreaks are triggered by several factors, including the concentrations of culex mosquitoes, humans who are not immune, and birds who are not immune. (The virus builds up to higher concentrations in bird blood than in […]

Five bipartisan steps toward stabilizing our health-care system

Bill Frist is senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and former Republican Senate majority leader from Tennessee. Andy Slavitt is former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration and senior adviser at the Bipartisan Policy Center. They co-chair the center’s Future of Health Care Initiative. At a […]