Healthcare was in the spotlight--along with the economy and the budget deficit--at last night's televised presidential debate in Denver. As expected, healthcare was the main point of contention between President Barak Obama (D) and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who sparred over the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, the Independent Payment Advisory Board and even Cleveland Clinic.
President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faced off this week in the New England Journal of Medicine , which published commentaries from both presidential candidates, who detailed their platforms and visions for the future of healthcare.
With the United States in the midst of overhauling its healthcare system, most of the physicians who provide the care within it are in some way planning to or already pulling back from medicine.
According to a Physicians Foundation survey, doctors in are pessimistic about the future of medicine, with 82 percent feeling they have very little ability to change the healthcare system.
Massachusetts can see even greater success in expanding health insurance coverage and improving quality care by recognizing healthcare as a "unique interconnected ecosystem," according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus.
Calling technology challenges one of the biggest issues facing states with regard to setting up health insurance exchanges, a new report from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the National Academy of Social Insurance examines lessons learned from "early innovators" and others well along in the process.
Health reform saved consumers $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced yesterday.
While less controversial than its concierge cousin, direct-pay primary care--in which members forego most insurance and instead pay a modest monthly access fee for primary care services--is gaining its share of discussion.
Even though medical school applications are at an all-time high, the added doctors may not be able to meet demand in the coming years--that's according to many economists who fear health reform will be disastrous to the supply-and-demand of healthcare.
Forty-one percent of the primary care in the United States from 1999 to 2007 was delivered by specialists, including internists and obstetricians-gynecologists