health insurance

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Donald Trump unveils plan to make abortion illegal again

Donald Trump released a letter dated September 2016 via the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) detailing his first actions against reproductive rights (see below for the full letter). His first four goals are: Nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. This may not end abortion in 2017, but this is a defacto invitation for … Continue reading

An American doctor experiences the NHS. Again.

Two years ago I wrote about my experience in a London emergency department with my son, Victor. That post has since been viewed > 450,000 times. There are over 800 comments with no trolls (a feat unto itself) and almost all of them express love for the NHS. I was in England again this week. … Continue reading

Voting Libertarian? I hope you or your kids never get sick

My thirteen-year old boys had an appointment this week. When we were done the provider who normally chats with me in that provider-to-provider way abruptly changed the conversation to tell me he finally deciding who was getting his vote. I was expecting this to be the lead in to some new Donald Trump joke. However, he … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders surrogate Dr. Song sells “false hope” to cancer patients for $150 a test

Bernie Sanders surrogate, Dr. Paul Song, said this at a rally in New York: “Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. Medicare … Continue reading

Only Kim Kardashian can afford Diclegis, the Birkin Bag of morning sickness medication

It was only a matter of time before Kim Kardashian posted a picture on her Instagram account with a bottle of Diclegis, basically announcing her brand partnership with Duchesnay, the manufacturer of the prescription medication for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Duchesnay had been tweeting for ages that they were so relieved Kim had found … Continue reading

UnitedHealth steps in to help GYNs make better decisions regarding hysterectomies

The preferred route for a hysterectomy is vaginal. This means the entire surgery is done through the vagina with no incisions in the abdomen of any kind. The joke among surgeons is that it is a bit like taking a car apart through the muffler. While doing surgery entirely through the vagina may sound highly … Continue reading

Sharing some love for the NHS

The most notable way the U.S. differs from other industrialized countries is the absence of universal health insurance coverage – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally, the Commonwealth Fund, executive summary   This summer I took my 11-year-old twins to England to visit family and we ended … Continue reading

GOP candidates suggest OTC birth control pills – right idea, wrong reason

Four Republican candidates running for office this November have proposed over the counter (OTC) oral contraceptives as an answer to GOP opposition to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Apparently Corey Gardner, CO, Ed Gillespie, VA,  Thom Tillis, NC, and Mike McFadden ,MN, now have now seen the light and are invested in … Continue reading

An American doctor experiences an NHS emergency room

You know it’s going to be one of those days when one of the first tweets on vacation inquires about the closest hospital. Victor, one of my 11-year-olds, had something in his eye courtesy of a big gust of wind outside of Westminster Abby. He was complaining enough to let me flip his eyelid and … Continue reading

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote: “The owners of the businesses have religious objections … Continue reading

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