Good health means more than visiting your doctor

By: Robert Seligson

This article first appeared on the Physicians Foundation Forbes Channel.

The conversation about how best to reform our health care system has largely centered on the battle over legislation. But underlying the contentious discussion over who and what should be covered by health insurance and the cost is an often-overlooked aspect I contend is equally important to the health of our citizenry: the factors outside of the doctor’s office that help us stay healthy. Read more.

Ideas and insights on medical practice and the healthcare landscape: The U.S. opioid crisis and how we can remedy

By: Gerald McKenna, MD

This article first appeared on the Physicians Foundation Forbes Channel.

The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis unlike anything we have seen in medicine since the HIV epidemic in the 1990s. Imagine, the U.S. has five percent of the world’s population but uses 50 percent of the world’s opioid analgesics. In 2017 alone, an opioid overdose was the cause of more than 60,000 deaths – quadruple the number of deaths since 1999. This death rate continues to increase and shows no signs of slowing. Read more.

Poverty does not have to equal high healthcare spending

By: Walker Ray, M.D., and Tim Norbeck

This article first appeared on the Physicians Foundation Forbes Channel.

“Los Angeles is no ordinary place.” These are the words of Dr. Richard “Buz” Cooper whose life work explored the effects of poverty on healthcare.

Dr. Cooper used Los Angeles as one lens to explore the relationship between income and healthcare costs in his 2016 book, Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform. Ranking just behind New York in the number of millionaires, Los Angeles ranks first in the number of poor. The cost of living in Los Angeles is 30 percent above the national average, however, almost 30 percent of the population – that’s more than the total population of Chicago – lives on an income of less than $12,500. Read more.

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