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Medical Industry incentivized to be cautious?

With no incentive to say no, the medical industry has little cause to be cautious. Research by Louise Sheiner of the Federal Reserve found that Americans’ out-of-pocket spending actually declined over the last half-century as a share of the nation’s gross domestic product, even as health care spending soared. That’s because Medicare and Medicaid shouldered much of the increased burden.
By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, Economics
April 22, 2014


Health Insurance Rate Regulation Opposers Spend Millions on Campaign

The coalition of doctors, hospitals and insurance companies last week reported collecting nearly $24 million from Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Half of the money was listed as loans to the campaign.
By Christopher Cadelago, The Sacramento Bee
April 21, 2014


How About Physician Satisfaction?

“You don’t train someone for all of those years in [medicine]… and then have them run a claims processing operation for insurance companies.”
By Daniela Drake, The Daily Beast


American-Style Health Care Pushed in Canada

“The reality is that Canadians spend far less per capita on health care then we do in the U.S., yet they have better health outcomes overall. And they have achieved universal coverage.”
By Wendell Potter, Nation of Change
April 20, 2014


MD BLOG: Addressing the structural forces that perpetuate inequality

This is the future of medicine and it requires physicians confront issues of stigma and inequality as a function of their clinical duty to promote health and wellness. Doing so will certainly be a challenge. Success will rely on our ability to understand the impact social, political, and economic environments have on the population’s health and, to systematically incorporate this framework into the canon of medical scholarship and medical education. From there, we will need to build interdisciplinary models that bridge political action with health impacts.
By Rhea Boyd, MD, MedPage Today
APRIL 19, 2014


Cost of treatment influences Doctor decisions

Some critics have said that making treatment decisions based on cost is a form of rationing.
By Andrew Pollack, The New York Times
April 17, 2014


News Article: PNHP California ACA Position Paper

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the largest set of reforms to the American healthcare system since the enactment of Medicare in the 1960’s. The ACA emphasizes prevention, supports public health, strengthens our safety net and advances health equity, health workforce development and cultural competence in our health care delivery systems.
By PNHP California Board
April 17, 2014


Pursuit of Healthcare Access for Latinos in Sacramento

Building on a service that has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, community leaders are fortifying their commitment to secure better access to health care for Latinos in the greater Sacramento region.
By Cynthia H. Craft, The Sacramento Bee (Health & Medicine)
April 17, 2014


Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

Covered California said 1.39 million customers enrolled in exchange plans, including 205,685 after officials granted a two-week extension through April 15. Some 1.2 million of the customers are eligible for federal subsidies.
By The Sacramento Bee, Capitol Alert
April 17, 2014


Maldistribution of the physician supply

Doctors are distributed unequally across different regions in virtually all OECD countries, and this causes concern about how to continue to ensure access to health services everywhere. In particular access to services in rural regions is the focus of attention of policymakers, although in some countries, poor urban and sub-urban regions pose a challenge as well. Despite numerous efforts this maldistribution of physician supply persists.
By Don McCanne, MD
April 16, 2014


Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals.
By The Sacramento Bee, Capitol Alert
April 15, 2014


Waxman’s House Seat Support ACA Improvements, Medicare

All said they would like to see the Affordable Health Care Act improved upon by extending Medicare to all Americans and not remain limited to those over 65. Miller also called for finding ways to cut medical costs so healthcare dollars can be spent more efficiently. Savings also could be funneled to other needs, such as education, he said.
By Jean Merl, The Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2014


UC Davis Report: 77% of Farmworkers’ Health Issues Unreported

UC-Davis researchers have found that more than 75% of injuries and illnesses among U.S. agriculture workers are not reported.For the study, researchers examined a quarterly census of workers and wages, statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, and Surveys of agriculture workers.
By Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal
April 9, 2014