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  • Biden urges veterans to apply for PACT Act’s expanded health care benefits
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    Biden urges veterans to apply for PACT Act’s expanded health care benefits

    At the Delaware National Guard facility named for his late son, a somber President Biden on Friday urged veterans to take advantage of new health care opportunities under legislation he signed in August.  The law, known as the PACT Act, helps veterans get screened for exposure to toxins. Those include Agent Orange, which was used for deforestation during the Vietnam War, and burn pits, where trash was destroyed on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.  TOPSHOT – US President Joe Biden speaks with Ray Firmani, a 101-year-old World War II veteran, during a town hall with veterans and veteran survivors in New Castle, Delaware, on December 16, 2022. JIM WATSON/AFP…

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  • US workers sue Georgia for transgender healthcare discrimination | Gender Equity News
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    US workers sue Georgia for transgender healthcare discrimination | Gender Equity News

    Two state employees and a public school media clerk are suing the state of Georgia in southeast United States, saying state health insurance illegally discriminates by refusing to pay for gender-transition healthcare. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday by Micha Rich, Benjamin Johnson and an anonymous state employee suing on behalf of her adult child. They argue Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), which insures more than 660,000 state government and public school employees and retirees, is breaking federal law. “The exclusion not only harms the health and finances of transgender people seeking gender dysphoria treatment, it also reinforces the stigma attached to being transgender,…

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  • ‘A ticking time bomb’: healthcare under threat across western Europe | Health
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    ‘A ticking time bomb’: healthcare under threat across western Europe | Health

    For decades, western Europe’s national healthcare systems have been widely touted as among the best in the world. But an ageing population, more long-term illnesses, a continuing recruitment and retainment crisis plus post-Covid exhaustion have combined, this winter, to create a perfect healthcare storm that is likely to get worse before it gets better. “All countries of the region face severe problems related to their health and care workforce,” the World Health Organization’s Europe region said in a report earlier this year, warning of potentially dire consequences without urgent government action. In France, there are fewer doctors now than in 2012. More than 6 million people, including 600,000 with chronic…

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  • What Does a Good Health-Care System Look Like?
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    What Does a Good Health-Care System Look Like?

    I make a good living. I should have a larger retirement portfolio than I do, as my husband and I keep our living expenses within bounds, and I am a moderately successful self-employed professional. However, every few years, or sometimes a few years in a row, I find our household being bankrupted by the medical-industrial complex.   This year has been uniquely devastating. My husband is a 75-year-old bone-cancer survivor. Two years of radical chemotherapy left him with a suppressed immune system, which means for most of the pandemic we’ve been hiding from people the way Gremlins hide from sunlight. A few years ago he had a two-year bout of C.…

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  • Opinion | Why American health care is so expensive
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    Opinion | Why American health care is so expensive

    David Goldhill’s Dec. 2 op-ed, “In health care, America is the world’s indispensable nation,” was a classic example of using somewhat misleading evidence to tell a story about how innovative our pharmaceutical industry and health-care system are. Yes, it is true that Americans spend far more on pharmaceutical products than people in other highly developed nations. It’s also true that foreign pharmaceutical companies, such as the mentioned Swiss company Novartis, avail themselves of our markets to increase their profits. But Mr. Goldhill didn’t mention that pharmaceutical companies in the United States spend more on sales and marketing (including consumer advertising and direct marketing to physicians and other health providers) than…

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  • Health care will get even more dysfunctional after January 1
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    Health care will get even more dysfunctional after January 1

    Doctors across the country, especially those in primary care, have been up in arms about Medicare’s proposed cuts in reimbursement that are scheduled to go into effect on January 1. They are concerned — rightfully so — that these cuts will be ruinous to their practices and compromise the care they can provide to their patients. As an emergency physician, I worry about the cuts for a different reason: emergency departments might soon be filled with more and more people who can’t access primary care. In a recent commentary in the Washington Post, Shirlene Obuobi, a physician in Chicago, wrote about why patients no longer feel cared for by their…

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  • Southwestern Vermont Health Care moves to join Dartmouth network
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    Southwestern Vermont Health Care moves to join Dartmouth network

    The affiliation would give the smaller network access to a shared electronic medical record platform and joint purchasing, among other benefits, it says. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Dartmouth Health network’s already large influence in the Vermont health care market is likely to grow next year with the addition of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. The board of trustees of the smaller network, which includes a hospital in Bennington and medical clinics in Manchester, Pownal and Wilmington, approved an “integration agreement” in late November that would allow it to become a member of Dartmouth Health, according to an email to staff from SVHC’s president and chief operating officer first reported by…

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  • Bullies in white coats? ‘Too many’ health care workers experience toxic workplaces, studies show
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    Bullies in white coats? ‘Too many’ health care workers experience toxic workplaces, studies show

    Some bullies wear white coats, new research reveals. While health care workers aim to treat their patients with compassion, empathy and respect, a significant number don’t follow those same ideals when working with each other, according to an article published recently by Massachusetts General Hospital. Christine Porath, Ph.D, an expert in unprofessional workplace behavior who’s quoted in the article, told Fox News Digital this week that based on her research, “Too many health care workers and physicians are treated disrespectfully.” WORKPLACE BULLYING: HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT, HOW TO HANDLE IT And “we’ve found that the majority don’t report it, often out of a sense of fear or hopelessness,” she added.…

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