Why I Prefer To Get My Health Care In Latin America

By Chuck Bolotin, Next Avenue Contributor  Credit: Shutterstock In his Ajijic area office in Mexico, neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Varela listened to me patiently and without interruption for 10 minutes as I went on and on about my shoulder and arm pain. After he was sure I’d finished, Varela smiled reassuringly and waited a beat. Then, […]

Idaho Insurer Moves Ahead With Health Plans That Flout Federal Rules

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faced questions Wednesday from the House Ways and Means Committee about Idaho’s move. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption toggle caption Jacquelyn Martin/AP Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faced questions Wednesday from the House Ways and Means Committee about Idaho’s move. Jacquelyn Martin/AP It’s barely been two weeks […]

From Clinics to Child Insurance, Budget Deal Affects Health Care …

The benchmarks that were to set off the Medicare recommendations have yet to be met, and the board members have never been appointed. Nevertheless, the board has been seen as a threat. The House passed a bill in November to eliminate the board, by a lopsided vote of 307 to 111, and 76 Democrats joined […]

Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. “The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence […]

Alcohol ‘more damaging to brain health than marijuana’

With marijuana legalization on the rise, an increasing number of studies are exploring the drug’s potential harms and benefits. However, a new study suggests that when it comes to brain health, alcohol is more damaging. Researchers say that alcohol causes more damage to the brain than marijuana does. Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder […]

Public Health Service officers missing ‘special pay’ for months

Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams speaks in March 2015 in Scottsburg, Ind. President Trump nominated Adams to serve as the next U.S. Surgeon General. (Darron Cummings/AP) The Public Health Service (PHS) has failed to provide thousands of its uniformed officers “special pay” designed to make those positions competitive with the private sector. In a […]

Trump Calls For Mental Health Action After Shooting; His Budget Would Cut Programs

President Donald Trump spoke Friday from the White House about Thursday’s shootings at a South Florida high school. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP President Donald Trump spoke Friday from the White House about Thursday’s shootings at a South Florida high school. Carolyn Kaster/AP President Trump expressed grief Thursday over the school shooting […]

Health of Boston report highlights opioid crisis, positive signs in other indicators

The city’s biennial “Health of Boston” report released Thursday provides the latest evidence of the deadly toll caused by opioids, and confirmation that fatal overdoses are being fueled in large part by the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl. From 2011 to 2015, overdose deaths from opioids surged 130 percent in Boston — with fentanyl responsible for […]

Venezuela’s Health Care System Ready To Collapse Amid Economic Crisis

A volunteer from the non-profit Accion Solidaria organizes imported medicines alphabetically, in a store room in Caracas, Venezuela, last April. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates the country is suffering from an 85 percent shortage of medicine. Fidel Suarez/AP hide caption toggle caption Fidel Suarez/AP A volunteer from the non-profit Accion Solidaria organizes imported medicines […]

Republicans Need a Nudge to Lower Health Care Costs

Congress should allow employers to sign workers up for health insurance after giving them time to select a plan themselves. Workers would be notified by their employers of the insurance plan selected for them and should be allowed to opt out of coverage at any time. Employers should be limited to placing workers in plans […]