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Archive: January, 2013

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

Some Obamacare opponents are starting to sound incoherent

Friday, January 25, 2013, 9:38 AM
Will they ever get over it? Congress passed Obamacare almost three years ago. More than 30 attempts at repeal have failed. The Supreme Court has upheld its central provisions. And the presidential candidate who promised to rescind it on day one lost the election. Yet, Obamacare’s opponents won’t... 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

2013 is the year of the insurance exchange, what is your state doing about it?

Friday, January 18, 2013, 9:57 AM
Guest blogger Joanna S. Suder, JD, is an attorney working as the Pro Bono Coordinator at Delaware's Office of the Child Advocate. She represents dependent, abused and neglected children while also advancing statewide policy change. Health insurance exchanges, a keystone of the Affordable Care Act... 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

We’re a lot sicker than we realize

Monday, January 14, 2013, 9:49 AM
Should the wealthiest country in the world also be the healthiest? It seems logical that it should be, but, alas for us, that is not the case. Americans enjoy more material wealth than any other major developed nation, but when it comes to health, we lag far behind. Our money can buy many things,... 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

Your Health Flexible Spending Account just got a little less flexible

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 9:00 AM
Guest blogger, J. Nicole Martin, J.D., is an associate attorney at the law firm of Stevens & Lee, P.C. She focuses her practice on health care law. Each new year ushers in changes, and recently these have included changes related to health reform. Beginning in 2013, under the Affordable Care... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, Drexel University Kline School of Law & Dornsife 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 College 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 College 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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