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  • Burned Out by Covid and 80-Hour Workweeks, Resident Physicians Unionize

    In the early weeks of the pandemic, Dr. Lorenzo González, then a second-year resident of family medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, ran on fumes, working as many as 80 hours a week in the ICU. He was constantly petrified that he would catch the covid-19 virus and guilt-ridden for not having enough time to help […]

  • Betting on ‘Golden Age’ of Colonoscopies, Private Equity Invests in Gastro Docs

    Mariel needed a new gastroenterologist. Having just moved back to San Antonio, the 30-something searched for a doctor to manage her Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that is successfully managed with medications and lifelong monitoring — including regular colonoscopies. Mariel booked an appointment and learned she would be on the hook for a $1,100 […]

  • Nueva meta de las escuelas de medicina: médicos que no discriminen a pacientes obesos

    Cuando Melissa Boughton se quejó con su gineco-obstetra de un dolor pélvico,  la doctora respondió preguntándole sobre su dieta y sus hábitos de ejercicio. En ese momento, Boughton pensó que la pregunta parecía irrelevante, considerando el tipo de dolor que sentía. Pero no era inusual viniendo de esta médica. “Cada vez que iba, hablaba sobre […]

  • To Shed Bias, Doctors Get Schooled to Look Beyond Obesity

    When Melissa Boughton complained to her OB-GYN about dull pelvic pain, the doctor responded by asking about her diet and exercise habits. The question seemed irrelevant, considering the type of pain she was having, Boughton thought at the time. But it wasn’t unusual coming from this doctor. “Every time I was in there, she’d talk […]

  • ¿Puede una inyección mensual frenar la adicción a opioides? Expertos dicen que sí

    Oakland, California.- El doctor Andrew Herring tiene un objetivo claro con los pacientes que buscan medicamentos para tratar la adicción a opioides: persuadirlos de que reciban una inyección de buprenorfina de liberación prolongada. En su clínica de adicciones en el Hospital Highland, un centro público en el corazón de Oakland, Herring promueve la administración de […]

  • Can a Monthly Injection Be the Key to Curbing Addiction? These Experts Say Yes

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Dr. Andrew Herring has a clear goal walking into every appointment with patients seeking medication to treat an opioid use disorder: persuade them to get an injection of extended-release buprenorphine. At his addiction clinic at Highland Hospital, a bustling public facility in the heart of Oakland, Herring promotes administering a shot of […]

  • Best Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Surgeons in Turkey | MediGence

    Turkey is a popular destination for cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures such as the Brazilian Butt Lift. Thousands of patients travel to Turkey each year for effective treatment, including those from the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, and several other countries. People who are unsatisfied with the size or contour of their buttocks can consider […]

  • What can I do if I can’t get HRT?

    British Menopause Society releases equivalence guide to help women during England’s drug shortage Acute HRT shortages have left some women taking extreme measures to access medication, with some reportedly travelling hundreds of miles, borrowing from friends or even turning to the hidden market. So what advice do experts have for those trying to manage menopause […]

  • Physicians Are Uneasy as Colorado Collects Providers’ Diversity Data

    Shaunti Meyer, a certified nurse-midwife and medical director at STRIDE Community Health Center in Colorado, doesn’t usually disclose her sexual orientation to patients. But at times it feels appropriate. After telling a transgender patient that she is a lesbian, Meyer learned the woman had recently taken four other trans women, all estranged from their birth […]

  • Persistent Problem: High C-Section Rates Plague the South

    All along, Julia Maeda knew she wanted to have her baby naturally. For her, that meant in a hospital, vaginally, without an epidural for pain relief. This was her first pregnancy. And although she is a nurse, she was working with cancer patients at the time, not with laboring mothers or babies. “I really didn’t […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Finally, a Fix for the ‘Family Glitch’

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Biden administration this week moved to fix the so-called family glitch in the Affordable Care Act, which has prevented dependents from getting federal subsidies to buy […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The ACA Turns 12

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, turned 12 this week, in spite of efforts to repeal it through both legislation and court action over much of its […]

  • Missouri Tried to Fix Its Doctor Shortage. Now the Fix May Need Fixing.

    Missouri state Rep. Tricia Derges is pushing a bill to give assistant physicians like herself a pathway to becoming fully licensed doctors in the state. Not that Derges — among the highest-profile holders of the assistant physician license created in 2014 to ease a doctor shortage — is the most persuasive advocate right now. Derges […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Congress Shelves Covid Funding for Now

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Congress is moving toward completion of its annual spending bills for the fiscal year that started last October, but a last-minute snag jettisoned from the bill the […]

  • Medical Boards Pressured to Let It Slide When Doctors Spread Covid Misinformation

    Tennessee’s Board of Medical Examiners unanimously adopted in September a statement that said doctors spreading covid misinformation — such as suggesting that vaccines contain microchips — could jeopardize their license to practice. “I’m very glad that we’re taking this step,” Dr. Stephen Loyd, the panel’s vice president, said at the time. “If you’re spreading this […]

  • Incidental Cases and Staff Shortages Make Covid’s Next Act Tough for Hospitals

    The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 covid-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons. The surge driven by the extremely infectious omicron variant helped push the South Florida hospital with 206 licensed beds to 250 patients. The rise in cases […]

  • California Ballot Will Be Heavy on Health Care

    SACRAMENTO — When Californians go to the polls later this year, they will confront contentious health care choices. Voters will weigh whether to overturn a state law that bans flavored tobacco products and will likely consider increasing the cap on medical malpractice awards. They may also vote on proposals that effectively legalize psychedelic mushrooms and […]

  • Suit by Doctors, Hospitals Seeks Change in How Arbitrators Settle Surprise Billing Cases

    Two of the largest lobbying groups representing physicians and hospitals filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a Biden administration decision on how to implement the law shielding patients from most surprise medical bills. The lawsuit from the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association does not seek to halt the law from going into effect […]

  • Post-Pandemic, What’s a Phone Call From Your Physician Worth?

    Maybe this has happened to you recently: Your doctor telephoned to check in with you, chatting for 11 to 20 minutes, perhaps answering a question you contacted her office with, or asking how you’re responding to a medication change. For that, your doctor got paid about $27 if you are on Medicare — maybe a […]

  • A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors

    After 23 years as a physician assistant, Leslie Clayton remains rankled by one facet of her vocation: its title. Specifically, the word “assistant.” Patients have asked if she’s heading to medical school or in the middle of it. The term confounded even her family, she said: It took years for her parents to understand she […]

  • New HIV jabs taken two months apart hailed as huge step forward

    Safe injectable antiretroviral drugs, approved by health bodies, ‘could lift burden of daily oral therapy’ Thousands of people living with HIV in Britain are to be freed from the burden of taking daily pills, after health chiefs gave the green light for a revolutionary treatment by injection every two months. Draft guidance from the National […]

  • Congressional Doctors Lead Bipartisan Revolt Over Policy on Surprise Medical Bills

    The detente that allowed Congress to pass a law curbing surprise medical bills has disintegrated, with a bipartisan group of 152 lawmakers assailing the administration’s plan to regulate the law and medical providers warning of grim consequences for underserved patients. For years, people have faced these massive, unexpected bills when they get treatment from hospitals […]

  • As Constituents Clamor for Ivermectin, Republican Politicians Embrace the Cause

    When state senators in South Carolina held two hearings in September about covid-19 treatments, they got an earful on the benefits of ivermectin — which many of the lawmakers echoed, sharing experiences of their own loved ones. The demands for access to the drug were loud and insistent, despite federal regulators’ recent warning against using […]

  • ‘Covid Hit Us Over the Head With a Two-by-Four’: Addressing Ageism With Urgency

    Earlier this year, the World Health Organization announced a global campaign to combat ageism — discrimination against older adults that is pervasive and harmful but often unrecognized. “We must change the narrative around age and ageing” and “adopt strategies to counter” ageist attitudes and behaviors, WHO concluded in a major report accompanying the campaign. Several […]

  • Direct Primary Care, With a Touch of Robin Hood

    MODESTO, Calif. — Britta Foster and Minerva Tiznado are in different leagues as far as health care is concerned. Foster, who married into the family that owns the $2.5 billion Foster Farms chicken company, has Blue Shield coverage as well as a high-octane primary care plan that gives her 24/7 digital access to her doctor […]

  • Doctor who advocated Covid-19 therapy including ivermectin applied for patent on same unproven treatment

    Exclusive: Australian professor Thomas Borody’s failure to widely declare that he could potentially profit from treatment he is promoting raises ethical concerns Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing A Sydney gastroenterologist who has been enthusiastically promoting an unapproved Covid-19 treatment, including to Australian politicians and general practitioners, has filed a patent […]

  • Schedule Online Visits First? It’s the Next Big Thing in Health Insurance

    At the height of the covid-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers coverage requiring online visits first for […]

  • Major Insurers Running Billions of Dollars Behind on Payments to Hospitals and Doctors

    Anthem Blue Cross, the country’s second-biggest health insurance company, is behind on billions of dollars in payments owed to hospitals and doctors because of onerous new reimbursement rules, computer problems and mishandled claims, say hospital officials in multiple states. Anthem, like other big insurers, is using the covid-19 crisis as cover to institute “egregious” policies […]

  • Journalists Drill Down on Covid Vaccine Boosters, Misinformation Online

    KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber discussed how hospitals are dealing with covid-19 on WOSU’s “All Sides With Ann Fisher” on Tuesday. Weber also discussed the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a covid vaccine booster on WAMU’s “1A” on Sept. 24. Click here to hear Weber on WOSU Read Weber’s “Covid Is Killing Rural Americans […]

  • Yes, drugs are overprescribed: but it’s not the fault of GPs | Letters

    Fragmented care means patients can be put on drugs by many different specialists, says Charles Warlow, while Dr Wendy Outwin highlights the daily reality of prescribing medicines Ministers seem to have found yet another way to bash overburdened GPs (Government review finds 10% of drugs dispensed in England are pointless, 22 September). There is nothing […]

  • Florida Spine Surgeon and Device Company Owner Charged in Kickback Scheme

    A Florida orthopedic surgeon and designer of costly spinal surgery implants was arrested Tuesday and charged with paying millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes to surgeons who agreed to use his company’s devices. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the founder, chief executive officer and owner of SpineFrontier, a device […]

  • Top 12 Urologists in India

    Who is a Urologist ? The doctors who treat conditions related to the urinary tract and the male reproductive system or the genitourinary tract are known as urologists. The parts of the body which constitute the genitourinary tract are kidneys, urethra, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, male fertility, and male reproductive organs. What does a Urologist […]

  • Influx of Medical School Students Could Overwhelm Montana Resources, Program Leaders Warn

    Opening two new medical schools in Montana would stretch and possibly overwhelm the state’s physicians who provide the clinical training that students need to become doctors, according to leaders of a University of Washington medical school program that relies on those teaching physicians. The University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI program in Montana requires […]

  • Doctores sopesan pros y contras de recetar la nueva droga para el Alzheimer

    Mientras médicos y expertos en políticas de salud debaten los méritos de Aduhelm, el primer fármaco para el Alzheimer aprobado en 18 años, los pacientes simplemente quieren saber: “¿me ayudará?”. Los médicos no tienen una respuesta definitiva. “En cada persona, será absolutamente imposible de predecir”, dijo el doctor Allan Levey, director del Centro de Investigación […]

  • Federal Speech Rulings May Embolden Health Care Workers to Call Out Safety Issues

    Karen Jo Young wrote a letter to her local newspaper criticizing executives at the hospital where she worked as an activities coordinator, arguing that their actions led to staffing shortages and other patient safety problems. Hours after her letter was published in September 2017, officials at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine, fired her, […]

  • Doctors Weigh Pros and Cons of Prescribing Hot-Button Alzheimer’s Drug

    As physicians and health policy experts debate the merits of Aduhelm, the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease approved in 18 years, patients want to know: “Will this medication help me — and how much?” Doctors explaining the pros and cons of Aduhelm won’t have a definitive answer. “On an individual basis, it will be […]

  • Doctors’ Lobby Scores ‘Major Victory’ on Bill to Hold Physicians Accountable

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The board that licenses and disciplines doctors in California is failing to hold bad actors accountable, endangering patients in the process. That’s the verdict of state lawmakers and patient advocates who have been working for years to reform the Medical Board of California. But an attempt this year to give the board […]

  • Journalists Follow Up on Unused Vaccines and For-Profit Medical Schools

    KHN correspondent Rachana Pradhan discussed the politics of unused Johnson & Johnson covid vaccines and the FDA’s potential announcement that their shelf life can be extended on Newsy on June 11. Click here to watch Pradhan on Newsy Read Pradhan’s “Unused Johnson & Johnson Covid Doses Are Piling Up as FDA Waits to See if […]

  • Device Makers Have Funneled Billions to Orthopedic Surgeons Who Use Their Products

    Dr. Kingsley R. Chin was little more than a decade out of Harvard Medical School when sales of his spine surgical implants took off. Chin has patented more than 40 pieces of such hardware, including doughnut-shaped plastic cages, titanium screws and other products used to repair spines — generating $100 million for his company SpineFrontier, […]

  • Trying to Avoid Racist Health Care, Black Women Seek Out Black Obstetricians

    In South Florida, when people want to find a Black physician, they often contact Adrienne Hibbert through her website, Black Doctors of South Florida. This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR, WLRN and KHN. It can be republished for free. “There are a lot of Black networks that are behind the scenes,” […]

  • Doctors Tell How to Make the Most of Your Telehealth Visits

    When the pandemic sidelined in-office visits at his practice, Dr. Dael Waxman “wasn’t exactly thrilled with being at home.” But he quickly shifted gears to video and telephone appointments. This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. Now, he finds, there are good reasons to keep these […]

  • Readers and Tweeters React to Racism, Inequities in Health Care

    Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. A Harrowing Tale of Racism I liked the article “The Making of Reluctant Activists: A Police Shooting in a Hospital Forces One Family to Rethink American Justice” (May 10). As a […]

  • Pandemic Leads Doctors to Rethink Unnecessary Treatment

    Covid-19 is opening the door for researchers to address a problem that has vexed the medical community for decades: the overtreatment and unnecessary treatment of patients. This story also ran on The Washington Post. It can be republished for free. On one hand, the pandemic caused major health setbacks for non-covid patients who were forced […]

  • Doctors Now Must Provide Patients Their Health Data, Online and On Demand

    Last summer, Anna Ramsey suffered a flare-up of juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune condition, posing a terrifying prospect for the Los Angeles resident: She might have to undergo chemotherapy, further compromising her immune system during a pandemic. This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. After an agonizing three-day […]

  • Telemedicine Is a Tool — Not a Replacement for Your Doctor’s Touch

    Earlier in the pandemic it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure. Insurers were forced — often for the first time — to reimburse for all sorts of virtual medical visits and generally at the same price as in-person consultations. This story also […]

  • A Primary Care Physician for Every American, Science Panel Urges

    The federal government must aggressively bolster primary care and connect more Americans with a dedicated source of care, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine warn in a major report that sounds the alarm about an endangered foundation of the U.S. health system. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. The urgently […]

  • Two Unmatched-Doctor Advocacy Groups Are Tied to Anti-Immigrant Organizations

    In their last year of medical school, fourth-year students get matched to a hospital where they will serve their residency. This story also ran on The Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. The annual rite of passage is called the National Resident Matching Program. To the students, it’s simply the Match. Except not […]

  • Pandemic Highlights Need for Urgent Care Clinics for Women

    SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After a few days, her vision began to blur and she found herself too weak to […]

  • Calls Mount for Biden to Track US Health Care Worker Deaths from Covid

    This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. Calls are mounting for the Biden administration to set up a national tracking system of covid-19 deaths among front-line health care workers to honor the thousands of nurses, doctors and support staffers who have died and ensure that future generations are not […]

  • Doctor Survived Cambodia’s Killing Fields, but Not Covid

    Linath Lim’s life was shaped by starvation. She was not yet 13 when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia and ripped her family apart. The totalitarian regime sent her and four siblings to work camps, where they planted rice and dug irrigation canals from sunrise to sunset — each surviving on two ladles of […]

  • Events of 2020 Moved Medical Students to Political Activism

    Inam Sakinah and her classmates will forever be known as the students who started medical school during the 2020 covid-19 pandemic. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. All of them had prepared for this step for years, taking hours of hard science classes in college, studying for the medical school admissions test […]

  • Her Doctor’s Office Moved One Floor Up. Her Bill Was 10 Times Higher.

    Kyunghee Lee’s right hand hurts all the time. She spent decades running a family dry cleaning store outside Cleveland after emigrating from South Korea 40 years ago. She still freelances as a seamstress, although work has slowed amid the covid-19 pandemic. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. While Lee […]

  • ‘It shows what we’re capable of’: the NHS’s vaccine triumph

    A huge effort has helped the UK provide 14m first doses of Covid vaccines in about two months Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In St Albans, GPs took over a former nightclub to provide Covid vaccinations every 20 seconds; in Carnforth, Lancashire, delivering jabs was helped by volunteers from the local […]

  • Estados permiten contratar profesionales de salud extranjeros por la pandemia

    Cuando los hospitales de todo el país luchan contra la nueva ola de la pandemia, no son camas ni ventiladores lo que escasean. Son las personas que cuidan de los enfermos. Pero existe mano de obra altamente calificada de médicos, enfermeras y otros trabajadores de salud, con formación en el extranjero, que no se aprovecha […]

  • Amid Covid Health Worker Shortage, Foreign-Trained Professionals Sit on Sidelines

    Use Our Content It can be republished for free. As hospitals nationwide struggle with the latest covid-19 surge, it’s not so much beds or ventilators in short supply. It’s the people to care for the sick. Yet a large, highly skilled workforce of foreign-educated doctors, nurses and other health practitioners is going largely untapped due […]

  • Vaccine experts defend UK decision to delay second Pfizer Covid jab

    Medics told they risk undermining public confidence by querying policy of three-month gap between doses Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Leading vaccine experts have backed the government’s decision to delay the second dose for up to three months, after doctors warned that the strategy was proving “ever-more difficult to justify”. The […]

  • NHS doctors ‘scrabbling’ to get vaccine amid alarm at Covid variant

    Many medics ‘frustrated’ about low priority given to frontline staff at high risk of infection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Frontline NHS staff have been denied the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, leaving doctors alarmed and “scrabbling” to get immunised. A new survey reveals that almost two-thirds of medics who responded to it have […]

  • Thousands of Doctors’ Offices Buckle Under Financial Stress of COVID

    Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August. Caine is one of several parents who followed Dr. Heather Decker to her new location on the […]

  • ‘It’s Science, Stupid’: A School Subject Emerges as a Hot-Button Political Issue

    At the top of Dr. Hiral Tipirneni’s to-do list if she wins her congressional race: work with other elected officials to encourage mask mandates and to beef up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. Those choices are backed up by science, said Tipirneni, an emergency room physician running for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District. On the campaign […]

  • Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and Cons

    As COVID-19 took hold in March, U.S. doctors limited in-person appointments — and many patients avoided them — for fear of infection. The result was a huge increase in the volume of remote medical and behavioral health visits. Doctors, hospitals and mental health providers across the country reported a 50- to 175-fold rise in the […]

  • COVID Spikes Exacerbate Health Worker Shortages in Rocky Mountains, Great Plains

    COVID-19 cases are surging in rural places across the Mountain States and Midwest, and when it hits health care workers, ready reinforcements aren’t easy to find. In Montana, pandemic-induced staffing shortages have shuttered a clinic in the state’s capital, led a northwestern regional hospital to ask employees exposed to COVID-19 to continue to work and […]

  • COVID Spikes Exacerbate Health Worker Shortages in Rocky Mountains, Great Plains

    COVID-19 cases are surging in rural places across the Mountain States and Midwest, and when it hits health care workers, ready reinforcements aren’t easy to find. In Montana, pandemic-induced staffing shortages have shuttered a clinic in the state’s capital, led a northwestern regional hospital to ask employees exposed to COVID-19 to continue to work and […]

  • KHN on the Air This Week

    California Healthline correspondent Angela Hart discussed how the coronavirus pandemic has derailed California’s efforts to deal with homelessness on KPBS “Midday Edition” on Oct. 8. Click here to hear Hart on KPBS Read “Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck,’” by California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Hart. […]

  • Stigma Against D.O.s Had Been Dissipating Until Trump’s Doctor Took the Spotlight

    Dr. Katherine Pannel was initially thrilled to see President Donald Trump’s physician is a doctor of osteopathic medicine. A practicing D.O. herself, she loved seeing another glass ceiling broken for the type of doctor representing 11% of practicing physicians in the U.S. and now 1 in 4 medical students in the country. But then, as […]

  • Young Doctor Succumbs to COVID, One of the South’s Many Health Workers Lost

    It took Carrie Wanamaker several days to connect the face she saw on GoFundMe with the young woman she had met a few years before. According to the fundraising site, Adeline Fagan, a 28-year-old resident OB-GYN, had developed a debilitating case of COVID-19 and was on a ventilator in Houston. Scrolling through her phone, Wanamaker […]

  • Does the Federal Health Information Privacy Law Protect President Trump?

    Within one day, President Donald Trump announced his COVID diagnosis and was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment. The flurry of events was stunning, confusing and triggered many questions. What was his prognosis? When was he last tested for COVID-19? What is his viral load? The answers were elusive. Picture the […]

  • They Cared for Some of New York’s Most Vulnerable Communities. Then 12 Died.

    Dr. Reza Chowdhury didn’t charge copays when his patients were low on cash. He gave them his home phone number and answered their medical questions at all hours. Once, when Chowdhury’s daughter, Nikita Rahman, struck up a conversation with a New York taxi driver, it turned out that he was from Bangladesh and knew her […]

  • Primary Care Doctors Look at Payment Overhaul After Pandemic Disruption

    For Dr. Gabe Charbonneau, a primary care doctor in Stevensville, Montana, the coronavirus pandemic is an existential threat. Charbonneau, 43, his two partners and 10 staff members are struggling to keep their rural practice alive. Patient volume is slowly returning to pre-COVID levels. But the large Seattle-area company that owns his practice is reassessing its […]

  • Lost on the Frontline: Explore the Database

    Journalists from KHN and the Guardian have identified more than 900 workers who reportedly died of complications from COVID-19 they contracted on the job. Reporters are working to confirm the cause of death and workplace conditions in each case. They are also writing about the people behind the statistics — their personalities, passions and quirks […]

  • Next Showdown in Congress: Protecting Workers vs. Protecting Employers in the Pandemic

    Congressional leaders are squaring off over the next pandemic relief bill in a debate over whom Congress should step up to protect: front-line workers seeking more safeguards from the ravages of COVID-19 or beleaguered employers seeking relief from lawsuits. Democrats want to enact an emergency standard meant to bolster access to protective gear for health […]

  • The Guardian view on a women’s health scandal: under the skin | Editorial

    An official review of vaginal mesh and medicines in pregnancy reveals systemic weaknesses, and sexism too Greater openness about women’s bodies was one of the big themes of postwar feminism. Access to contraception and the right to terminate a pregnancy were crucial stepping stones on a path to liberation from a social order that for […]

  • Lost On The Frontline

    America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to patients in hospitals, treating them, serving them food and cleaning their rooms. Others at risk work in nursing homes or are employed as home health aides. “Lost on the Frontline,” a […]

  • Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize

    Cumberlege report is a damning reminder of how arrogant, intimidating doctors have suppressed their patients’ views Julia Cumberlege’s report into avoidable harm inflicted by the healthcare system exposes an institutional inability to listen to patients in general and women in particular. Her investigation into decades of failure batters the reputation of the NHS, professional bodies, […]