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[OP-ED]: Can we die in peace?

 07/28/2017 - 08:38
Just whether the persistence of high-cost care reflects good medicine, a deep human craving to cling to life, or both is unclear. But the rhetoric about “end-of-life” care has changed more than the reality. To the question -- Can we die in peace and with dignity? -- the answer is “not yet.”

For those of us who had hoped that American attitudes toward death were shifting in ways that would promote a wider reconstruction of the health care system, there’s discouraging news from Health Affairs, the pre-eminent journal of health policy. It devotes its latest issue to “end-of-life” care and finds that -- at least so far -- the power to make health care more compassionate and cost-effective is limited.

[OP-ED]: ¿Podemos morir en paz?

 07/28/2017 - 08:35
No está claro si la persistencia del cuidado costoso refleja buenas prácticas medicas, una necesidad humana profunda de aferrarse a la vida o ambos cosas. Pero la retórica sobre “el fin de la vida” cambió más que la realidad. A la pregunta -- ¿Podemos morir en paz y con dignidad? -- la respuesta es “todavía no”.

Para los que esperábamos que las actitudes de los norteamericanos con respecto a la muerte cambiaran de manera tal de promover una reconstrucción más amplia del sistema de asistencia médica, las noticias de Health Affairs, la prominente publicación de política sanitaria, son desalentadoras. La publicación dedica su último número a los cuidados del “fin de la vida” y concluye que -- al menos hasta el momento -- el poder para que la asistencia médica se convierta en una práctica más compasiva y rentable es limitado.

[OP-ED]: La asombrosa mala calidad del sistema de atención odontológica en Estados Unidos

 07/24/2017 - 08:22
Reviví en detalles viscerales y morbosos mis recuerdos dolorosos de abscesos, tratamientos de conducto, extracciones de premolares y otras cosas más al leer el libro triste y horrible de Mary Otto: “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America” (Dientes: una historia de belleza, inequidad y dificultades para la salud oral en Estados Unidos). 

Di a luz a tres bebés, me quebré la muñeca, me fracturé el coxis dos veces, incluso me hice tatuajes y, una vez, cuando sospechaban que había contraído el virus del Nilo, me hicieron dos punciones lumbares (una falló) para potenciar el conocimientos de los estudiantes de medicina a la vez que se aseguraban del diagnóstico.

Republican health plan is a death sentence for US Latinos, Democrats say.

 06/29/2017 - 03:51
Spectators listen as US Democratic Senator from New Jersey Bob Menendez delivers remarks at a press conference in opposition to the Senate Republican health care bill on the US Capitol grounds in Washington, DC, USA, 28 June 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

The independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that under the bill drafted by Republican senators, roughly 22 million Americans would lose their health insurance by 2026.  That number includes some 6 million Latinos, 1 million of them children, according to La Raza.

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EFE

Republican divisions force postponement of healthcare bill vote

 06/28/2017 - 05:27
Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell (R) turns away from the microphones beside Republican Senator from Texas John Cornyn (L) after speaking to members of the news media outside the West Wing of the White House following a meeting to discuss healthcare legislation with Senate Republicans and US President Donald J. Trump, in Washington, DC, USA, 27 June 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

 US Senate Republicans on Tuesday found themselves forced - due to internal divisions - to postpone a vote on the controversial bill designed to replace former President Barack Obama"s healthcare reform, a bill that could leave more than 20 million Americans without medical coverage.

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EFE

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