Marvin Malek: The other pandemic is underinsurance

VTDigger This commentary is by Marvin Malek, M.D., MPH, a general internist practicing hospital medicine in Springfield. A study published in the July 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 17.8% of Americans had medical-related debt that had been sent to debt collections agencies. Since there is nearly always a […]

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Julie Wasserman: The questions that matter in health care reform

VTDigger This commentary is by Julie Wasserman, MPH, of Burlington, a health policy consultant working independently. She worked for Vermont state government for over 25 years, including division director of policy and planning for the Department of Aging and Disabilities, and legislative staff to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. She participated in Vermont’s three-year […]

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Faith is Strangling Facts in Our Health Care Dilemma

Caledonian Record By Lee Russ You know what’s really hard to do? Solve a problem when you ignore all the facts about that problem. Which leads me to the unmitigated disaster that we call “American healthcare.” There’s near universal agreement that our current health care system costs far too much, really doesn’t work that well […]

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BCBS Makes Everyone’s Lives Miserable to Save a Little Coin

It’s only fair to acknowledge that BCBS is stuck between a rock and a greedy pharmaceutical industry. The cost of prescription drugs is a major driver in the skyrocketing cost of health care coverage......It’s just one more reason why we need single-payer health care.

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From the Publisher: Brain Drain

Seven Days By Paula Routy I’ve had some bad migraine headaches in the last 40 years, but none like the one that sent me to the emergency room on April 13. The first sign of it — a fuzzy line through my field of vision — came just before dinner, but I soldiered on through […]

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Patrick Flood: Why is the state stubbornly seeking to expand OneCare?

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Patrick Flood, the former commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, and former deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He is now retired and lives in Woodbury. There is probably very little the progressive Vermont Workers’ Center […]

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Pandemic lesson: Health care for all works

Valley News By Ellen Oxfeld Let’s hope Vermont is looking in the rearview mirror at the coronavirus pandemic. Have we learned anything about health care? Most people agree that Vermont did better than most states at controlling the spread of the virus, and now, with 80% of the eligible population having received at least one […]

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Jessica Morrison: Health care task force must be guided by human rights framework

Bennington Banner This session, Vermont’s lawmakers established a Task Force on Affordable, Accessible Health Care charged with soliciting public input and reporting its findings to the 2022 legislative session. The Task Force represents a long-overdue opportunity to address the crisis of healthcare access and affordability in Vermont, which was only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Primary care, a valuable resource, needs investment to survive

VTDigger This commentary is by Hannah Rabin, M.D., a family doctor at Richmond Family Medicine. I have been a family  doctor in independent practice in Vermont for more than 20 years, currently at Richmond Family Medicine, where I am one of three family doctors. Our practice also includes three family nurse practitioners and three part-time […]

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UVM authors incorrectly credit health care savings to all-payer

VTDigger This commentary is by Julie Wasserman of Burlington, a health policy consultant working independently. She worked for Vermont state government for over 25 years; her jobs included director of Vermont’s dual eligible initiative at the Agency of Human Services, division director of policy and planning for the Department of Aging and Disabilities, and legislative […]

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