Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Live Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Doctors ByPauline W. Chen, M.D. May 31, 2018 Perched atop a hill overlooking a major thoroughfare, the massive brick tower was a holdout from decades earlier. With green tiles lining the walls, black and white linoleum flooring, and hallways redolent of an antiseptic whose recipe hadn’t changed since the 1950s, the hospital had a distinct postwar feel, and an unchanging culture to go along with it. For surgical trainees like me in the 1990s, the institution’s resistance to change was best embodied by a four-page, single-spaced document affectionately known as “The Hernia List.” An unofficial register of patients waiting for a hernia operation, the list had come about because every time a patient experienced an operative complication, a new clinical rule was added to the list of preoperative … [Read more...] about A More Egalitarian Hospital Culture Is Better for Everyone
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff May 30, 2018 Massachusetts businesses, looking to cut their health care costs, are teaming up on a new initiative aimed at sharply cutting the number of people who seek care in hospital emergency rooms when they could be treated elsewhere.Employer groups representing thousands of businesses across the state said Wednesday that they plan to reduce avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent over the next two years, saving $100 million. More than 40 percent of emergency room visits — or about 1 million a year — are thought to be avoidable. Many of these patients show up at hospitals with minor infections, skin rashes, allergies, and back pain. Such visits add to wait times in emergency rooms, and drive up costs. Hospitals are many times more expensive than doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics, and retail … [Read more...] about Massachusetts businesses want to reduce unnecessary ER visits by 20 percent
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Upshot Supported by The New Health Care Funding for health campaigns is surprisingly low when you consider they’re often so valuable that they pay for themselves. ByAaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt May 28, 2018 Not only have many public health interventions in the United States been hugely successful, but they’ve also saved more money than they’ve cost. And yet Americans spend relatively little money in that domain and far more on medical care that returns less value for its costs. Instead of continually complaining about how much is being spent on health care with little to show for it, maybe we should direct more of that money to public health. What Do We Mean by Public Health? It encompasses efforts made to improve the health of a broad population with investments not ordinarily considered “health … [Read more...] about It Saves Lives. It Can Save Money. So Why Aren’t We Spending More on Public Health?
23 May 2018 News Release Geneva World Health Assembly delegates today agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030. It sets three targets: to ensure that by 2023, 1 billion more people benefit from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people are better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and wellbeing. WHO estimates that achieving this “triple billion” target could save 29 million lives.Speaking to the Health Assembly, Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told delegates that the new strategic plan was ambitious because “it must be”. Delegates noted that the Organization will need to make a number of strategic shifts in … [Read more...] about World Health Assembly delegates agree new five-year strategic plan
Vietnamese delegates at the 71st World Health Assembly. (Source: VNA) Geneva (VNA) – Vietnam will increase the number of communal health care centres in charge of preventing, managing and treating several non-contagious diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes in the next 12 months. This is one of the three concrete steps the country has committed towards universal health coverage. Such objectives were presented at the 71st World Health Assembly at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 22 by Deputy Health Minister Le Quoc Cuong. The country also aims to expand health insurance coverage from 86.4 percent in 2017 to 88.5 percent at the end of 2018, according to the official. Besides, Vietnam will mobilise resources through sin-taxes on tobacco and alcohol and increase public funds, especially health insurance fund, to cover primary care services, he said. Cuong called for further financial and technical support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) … [Read more...] about Vietnam takes concrete steps towards universal health coverage