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Successful doctor-patient relationships require honesty

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 AM
I was at my annual check-up and my physician asked me, “Do you exercise regularly?” I looked down sheepishly and said, “Well, uhh, law school doesn’t give me much free time. So I don’t exercise as much as I probably should. But I bike everywhere in the city, at least two... Read more

The key to better mental health care is sharing records

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:00 AM
“Treating the whole person includes mental health care.” That statement was the title of a commentary written by the American Medical Association president, Jeremy A. Lazarus. Dr. Lazarus recognized that physicians can best treat their patients if they integrate mental health and mental... Read more

Your baby could save someone’s life

Friday, February 8, 2013, 5:30 AM
Did you know that an item discarded as medical waste after your baby is born could save someone’s life? Cord blood from the placenta and your baby’s umbilical cord is filled with blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and many other life-threatening... Read more

Should life begin at different times depending on the legal context?

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
How to define when life begins is a question that has plagued societies for centuries. Some view this question in light of religious beliefs whereas others approach it from a purely scientific perspective. Regardless of how the question is framed, it is apparent that varying opinions abound. Many... Read more

Physicians are not overpaid

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 6:00 AM
Everyone likes to complain about how much money doctors make. Many people hear the word “physician” and equate it with a mansion, BMW, and lavish vacation. But physicians don’t make nearly as much as you think. After finishing high school, physicians spend a minimum of 11 years in... Read more

Doctors die differently than their patients

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 6:00 AM
“Do everything you can, doctor. Do anything it takes to save him.” These are the unfortunate pleas that too many patients and their families make when dealing with terminal illness and end-of-life decisions. While the use of advance directives helps alleviate this problem by informing... Read more

U.S. healthcare costs: It’s time to get worried

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 2:23 PM
The rise in healthcare costs over the past several decades has been astounding. And as they continue to increase, the national deficit grows along with them. The high cost of healthcare impacts the national budget and economy in a variety of ways. U.S. healthcare spending far exceeds that of any other... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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