Tag: medicine

New York Pressures OB-GYNs To Perform Abortions Or Leave Medicine

If New York and Planned Parenthood succeed in blocking conscience protections for medical professionals, I may be forced to either violate my conscience or leave the medical profession. I am a doctor and a caregiver, but above all else, I am a woman of faith. It is my faith that drew me to become an OB-GYN, called me to open my own practice to treat women with dignity and compassion, and that helps me navigate the daily challenges of my profession. But two months ago, Planned Parenthood and the state of New York convinced a court to strike down federal ... Read more

Medicare spent $725 million on drugs that were flushed down the drain – Axios

Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Table: Axios Visuals Last year, Medicare paid for $725 million worth of expensive medications administered in outpatient clinics — things like chemotherapy drugs — that ended up being discarded, according to new data released by the federal government. Why it matters: Although that amount is just 2% of what Medicare paid for those types of infusion drugs, that’s still a “very astonishing amount of waste,” said Rena Conti, a health economist at Boston University who has studied the issue. By the numbers: 10 highly discarded drugs accounted for 63% of Medicare’s wasted dollars. ... Read more

Vape Bans Won’t Make You Safer

Vaping and e-cigarette products are displayed in a store in New York City. In 2018, according to the FDA, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students across the US used e-cigarettes. (Getty Images / Stephanie Keith) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest ... Read more

The Left Case for Fertility Awareness

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What Is Medicine For? | Boston Review

Image: flickr / Marco Verch The era of personalized and precision medicine has overpromised but underdelivered. In place of the hype, we need a more sober evaluation of the meaning of health and health care. Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About HealthSandro GaleaOxford University Press, $24.95 (cloth) Medical NihilismJacob StegengaOxford University Press, $42.95 (cloth) Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human AgainEric TopolBasic Books, $32 (cloth) Criticisms of medicine are as old as medicine itself. Those at any particular time and place reveal something about the prevalent health problems, medical practices, and social, ... Read more

A Midwife in the North Country

The sun was still rising on a brisk Monday morning in October last year when Sunday Smith, a midwife in New York’s North Country, pulled into the gravel driveway of a small dairy farm, scattering some chickens. She had driven for about ninety minutes, along dark country roads, for a prenatal appointment with Jennifer, who was twenty-nine weeks pregnant with her fourth child. At the front door, an Australian cattle dog named Tickle enthusiastically greeted Smith, followed by Jonathan, Jennifer’s husband. The entire family gathered in the wood-panelled den, with finger paintings on the walls and cartoons flickering on a ... Read more

Courts Block Conscience Rights In Medicine Based On Absurd Arguments

Are Christian medical workers lobbying the United States government to allow them to toss pregnant women out of ambulances onto the street if they require an emergency abortion? According to several federal and district judges, this is such a serious concern, it requires blocking religious and conscience protections entirely. The May Health and Human Services rule, titled “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care,” was originally scheduled to go into effect nationally today, on Nov. 22, but a New York federal judge prevented this in early November, and a U.S. district judge in Washington state issued a similar ruling shortly ... Read more

The Furor Over Medicare for All Ignores a Key Question

Participants hold signs as Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a news conference to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2019” on Capitol Hill, 2019. (Reuters / Aaron P. Bernstein) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspEach week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that ... Read more

The EU’s Shame Is Locked Away in Libya

Eritrean refugees looking out the window of the gate of Zintan’s warehouse, where about 600 refugees were locked up between September 2018 and June 2019. (Jérôme Tubiana) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about ... Read more

Wall Street is selling off a major specialty pharmacy – Axios

Diplomat Pharmacy, which sells medications to people with complex conditions and acts as a drug benefit middleman, is a shell of itself. The company was worth more than $3 billion in its heyday in 2015, but is now worth a little more than $200 million after a disastrous third quarter. The bottom line: Larger specialty drug players — owned by Cigna, CVS Health and UnitedHealth Group — have crushed Diplomat with their size. Now, Diplomat is running out of cash and is being forced to sell assets, or the entire company, because it has “substantial doubt surrounding our ability to ... Read more