How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)
Living and working conditions are the primary causes of good health, and disease and premature death as well. Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. This has been known in Canada since at least the mid-1850s and any visitor to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website will find ample documentation of this fact.

These Are The VA Healthcare's 3 Main Problems

va healthcare 4 1The VA has long been in crisis. Nevertheless, it has pioneered evidence-based medicine and, overall, gets better outcomes at lower costs than many private health care providers.

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On Food

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On FoodSo far, policymakers have tried to reduce costs by tinkering with how care is delivered. But focusing on care delivery to save money is like trying to reduce the costs of house fires by focusing on firefighters and fire stations.

Why A Complete Repeal Of The ACA Would Result In More Deaths. Period.

A Complete Repeal Of The ACA Will Result In More Deaths. Period.I was beyond frustrated. I felt extremely hopeless. I believed that I had zero options, despite the fact that I could no longer remain in the same physical or mental state. My bills had piled up so much I was about to get evicted. I had to do something. I got into my uninsured car and drove myself back to the E.R.

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?With the passage of the Republicans’ health care act, the House of Representatives seems to be saying that coming up with a plan to insure Americans really wasn’t all that hard after all.

Why A Free Market For Drugs Doesn’t Work

Why A Free Market For Drugs Doesn’t WorkThe United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs has surged.

Why Insurance Companies Control Your Medical Care

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill. President Harry S. Truman is seated next to him. LBJ LibraryIt’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will risedramatically this fall.

Maternal Mortality Rates Rise As US Falls Further Behind

Maternal Mortality Rates Rise As US Falls Further BehindDespite the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a 75 percent reduction in maternal deaths by 2015, the estimated maternal mortality rate for 48 US states and the District of Columbia actually increased by 26.6 percent from 2000 to 2014.

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?Since the Affordable Care Act – or what many call Obamacare – has been labeled a failure since the day it started, according to some political types, it’s difficult to know if the recent defections by large insurance companies are really a death knell or just growing pains.

Why We Need a Single Payer Healthcare

Why We Need a Single Payer HealthcareThe best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.

Solving The Digital Divide In Health Care

When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language.

Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?

Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?As the spotlight shifts from the Republican to Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton’s plans for health care reform, including a proposed new “public option” for health insurance for some Americans, may draw greater attention from voters.

Having Trouble Picking The Right Health Insurance Plan? Let An Algorithm Decide

ibm watsonOne key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to lower health care costs by giving consumers more choice over their insurer. Economic theory suggests that when consumers make informed and active choices in a competitive market, companies respond by lowering prices and improving the quality of their offerings.

Why Efforts to Privatize The VA Health System Are A Scam

Why Efforts to Privatize The VA Health System Is A ScamThere are few areas where there is more bipartisan support than the need to provide adequate health care for the country's veterans. While many of us opposed the war in Iraq and other recent military adventures, we still recognize the need to provide medical services for the people who put their lives at risk.

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?Patients with prostate cancer in England and Wales will now have early access to abiraterone, a drug which can delay the need for chemotherapy. The drug previously cost £3,000 a month, and was not considered “cost-effective” for the NHS until cancers were more advanced – even though patients in Scotland had access to it.

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health Costs

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health CostsIf the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it.In Paris late last year, the countries of the world pledged to reduce emissions to keep global warming “well below a 2 degree Celsius” rise in global average temperatures compared with preindustrial levels.

Autism Costs In US Could Reach $1 Trillion By 2025

Autism Costs In U.S. Could Reach $1 Trillion By 2025Economists have tallied up how much it will likely cost to care for all Americans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) this year: $268 billion. In 10 years that number is expected to climb to $461 billion, but they say it could top out at $1 trillion if ASD prevalence continues to increase.

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking Members

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking MembersHealth insurance for freelancers can be expensive. When employed by a company, health insurance is generally covered, but strike out on your own and you find yourself paying several hundred dollars or more per month for minimal coverage. As freelancers are expected to make up fifty percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, one can’t help but think there has to be a better way—and there is.

How Healthcare Spending Compares To Other Countries

How Healthcare Spending Compares To Other CountriesThe health of a nation is often measured in economic terms – how much a country chooses to spend, where that money comes from, what it spends it on and how much that money translates into quality of care. This infographic shows how health expenditure, access to care and health outcomes compare with seven other OECD countries.

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost US Job Growth

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost US Job GrowthAfter President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night, today’s discussion has largely focused on his tax proposals. While these are important measures, two other areas he addressed raise issues that will have at least as many consequences.

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest Killers

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest KillersThe World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers, lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It focuses on how to reach the internationally agreed overarching target of a 25% reduction of premature mortality from these four major non-communicable diseases by 2025.

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