By Peter Jamison The Washington Post Wed., Dec. 19, 2018 For the past four years, the nation’s capital has undergone its worst public-health crisis since the arrival of AIDS: an explosion of fatal drug overdoses among African Americans. The rate of death, caused by heroin cut with the lethal synthetic opioid fentanyl, is comparable to the opioid epidemic’s worst ravages in rural and suburban parts of the United States. More people died of opioid overdoses than homicides last year in the District. But the city’s overdose victims are different from those in areas of the country more commonly associated with opioid abuse. Many are Black men who have been addicted to heroin for decades. And unlike drug users elsewhere, they have often been left by their government without basic help. The District has consistently fallen short in its response to mounting opioid casualties, misspending millions of federal grant dollars and ignoring life-saving … [Read more...] about Washington officials ignored life-saving strategies while African American heroin overdoses surged
Should i get medicare part d
By Robert Cribb Staff Reporter Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter Maham Shakeel Ryerson School of Journalism Sat., March 18, 2017 A growing number of boutique medical clinics is establishing a second tier of health services that critics say encroaches on Ontario’s public health system by charging as much as $4,500 in annual fees for services such as no wait times, genetic analysis and added testing that isn’t always medically necessary. A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation documents a hybrid health-care regime that markets to a clientele who can access public health care while paying for services that reach beyond what is covered by OHIP, including 24/7 access to health-care professionals, fast-tracking of MRIs and a range of annual tests and lifestyle assessments. “I think this does represent two tiers (of health care in Canada),” says Dr. Danielle Martin, a family physician in Toronto who was … [Read more...] about Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?
caption Annie Lowrey source YouTube I’ve written before that the idea of a universal basic income is one that needs to die. Author Annie Lowrey disagrees, and she explores the concept in a new book. Her book provides a framework to examine what changes we can make to make our safety net better. Shortly after the 2016 election, I wrote that universal basic income – the blue-sky policy idea of the government providing a subsistence-level cash payment to every American, or at least every American adult – was an idea that needed to die. Annie Lowrey disagrees. Her new book, “Give People Money,” is an exploration of how UBI could help address three problems in society – disruptive changes in the labor market, persistent poverty, and race and gender biases in the existing income support regime. As you might guess from my 2016 column, the book does not change my ultimate view on UBI. And anyway, Lowrey is not exactly urging … [Read more...] about ‘Give People Money’ is a useful book about a bad idea
BEREA, Kentucky: Andy Barr, a Republican lawmaker representing central Kentucky, won his last three elections promising to repeal and replace Obamacare. This year, his Democratic challengers for Congress in Kentucky's sixth district are betting that message will ring hollow.Their hopes lie with voters like Joyell Anderson, who went for President Donald Trump in 2016 and said she generally votes Republican. This year, she is not sure who to support for Congress, but she knows what her top priority is: healthcare.The 43-year-old stay-at-home mother, who suffers from diabetes, anxiety and depression, is one of more than 400,000 low-income Kentucky residents who obtained Medicaid coverage under President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act. Barr's vote last year to repeal Obamacare scared Anderson.In 2016, she said, her top concerns were jobs and the economy, having grown up in a family of coal miners. Now, she worries about losing Medicaid and about work requirements introduced by the … [Read more...] about In key Kentucky House race, healthcare anxieties loom large
There are 25 million people in the US living with chronic pain. Some turn to devices or non-opioid painkillers, others to yoga or meditation. But many have found relief only from opioid painkillers. As the US opioid crisis escalates, those who suffer from chronic pain and take opioid-based painkillers are feeling pressure from new policies that limit prescriptions. “They completely forgot about the people who have to live with chronic pain every day,” one patient told Business Insider. At the same time, access to less addictive pain-management treatments remain out of reach for many as insurers ask their members try more addictive medications first. Dominique Goodson says she would be happy to get off her opioid prescription. A New Jersey resident, Goodson has sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood condition in which the body has a hard time producing healthy red blood cells, which … [Read more...] about ‘We’re treated like drug addicts’: As America fights opioid addiction, the healthcare system is failing people who live with chronic pain