America without the ACA
We lost an American hero with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While many knew her as a champion for the rights of women, people of color, and unions, as a physician, I knew her to be a fierce advocate for the healthcare of all Americans. Instead of nominating someone who would uphold Americans’ ability to seek affordable healthcare, I was disappointed to see President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, who has since been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Healthcare in America Must Change Now
The pandemic caused by Coronavirus should give Americans and their legislators significant pause when considering how health care is provided and paid for in this country.
As a result of the pandemic, employer-based health insurance should be relegated to the dustbin of American history.
Now is the time to move swiftly and enact “Medicare for All” in order to provide Americans with a simple, economical, and humane healthcare system.
Approximately 55% of Americans have employer-based health insurance. This means unemployment, either due to job termination or departure, as well as a decrease in the…
Love (and Fear) in the time of Coronavirus
Though now it seems like months ago, on a recent Monday afternoon I received a communication from a patient on a social media messaging application. It took me nearly an hour before I noticed there was a message waiting, as I had been bouncing around our Residency clinic all morning, seeing patients, calling others, and trying to help out in any way I could in the face of significant adjustments to our patient care models as a result of the worsening Coronavirus pandemic.
Despite using my actual name on social media platforms…
A Future of Medicine
When considering the future, there are too many variables to truly make an accurate prediction. Where humankind finds itself in 2050, when I will be 70 years old, will likely include variables that have been considered, others that have been overlooked, and even a few not even currently in existence.
The presence of completely unknown variables is equally exhilarating and terrifying given the advent of technology allowing for the free flow of information, the incorporation of exponentially advancing machine-based learning, and our innate human curiosity.
The future of medicine is not exempt from any of these…
Will the machines save us? Only if we help them.
Administrative burdens and the inefficiencies of electronic medical records are driving physician burnout. At our core, Family Medicine physicians enjoy spending time with our patients, aiding them in their day-to-day concerns and helping to manage their chronic diseases; these two latter issues are more than enough to create stress in a physician due to the amount of effort we give, but when administration and EMR issues join the fray, it is a recipe for disaster.
But believe it or not, there is a solution on the horizon: the integration of…
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