Viewpoints: Congress Could Learn From Mark Cuban’s Drug Company; US Health Insurance Is Absurd

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Editorial writers examine these public health issues.

The Washington Post:
Medicare Could Have Saved $3 Billion Buying Drugs The Mark Cuban Way 

A lot of our patients struggle to afford their medicines, and it’s agonizing to have a front-row seat to this injustice. Despite politicians’ frequent guarantees to lower drug prices, Congress has didn’t pass any meaningful reforms in a long time. As different states experiment with their very own solutions, one approach spearheaded by Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has attracted growing attention. (Hussain S. Lalani, Benjamin N. Rome and Aaron S. Kesselheim, 7/7)

The Recent York Times:
What’s Fallacious With Health Insurance? Deductibles Are Ridiculous, for Starters

Greater than 100 million Americans have medical debt, based on a recent Kaiser Health News-NPR investigation. And a few quarter of American adults with this debt owe greater than $5,000. This isn’t because they’re uninsured. More often, it’s because they’re underinsured. (Aaron E. Carroll, 7/7)

The Recent York Times:
These Recent Breastfeeding Guidelines Ignore The Reality Of Many American Mothers 

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated policy statement on breastfeeding that suggested increasing the duration of breastfeeding to 2 years or more from one yr or more. As my Times colleague Catherine Pearson explained, that is the primary update to the breastfeeding recommendations in a decade. (Jessica Grose, 7/6)

Modern Healthcare:
Healthcare Leaders, Let Your Voices Be Heard

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings are creating fundamental, swift changes in how healthcare is delivered on this country and the way the industry will operate. We won’t know for a while just how seismic those shifts might be. (Mary Ellen Podmolik, 7/5)

Houston Chronicle:
Shootings Aren’t Inevitable. Imagine Mental Health In The DNA Of Our Schools

“There aren’t any words.” That grief-stricken statement echoed throughout the world as one more mass shooter ripped apart a community, this time in Chicago on our nation’s birthday, July 4, 2022. It had been just six weeks since our country suffered an elementary school shooting in Texas that echoed the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. (Patricia Gail Bray and Wendy Ward, 7/7)

Stat:
Nonprofit Hospitals’ Tax Breaks Should Focus On True Community Aid 

Nonprofit hospitals within the U.S. are exempt from most taxes. To earn this status, they’re speculated to engage in activities that profit their communities, akin to providing free care to uninsured people or programs to enhance neighborhood health. For a lot of, though, their real community contributions fall far in need of the tax breaks they receive. (Judith Garber and Vikas Saini, 7/7)

The Mercury News:
Young Doctors Struggle With Navigating Human Suffering

I’m a resident physician, a brand-new doctor. I’m just starting my residency training. The strategy of becoming a physician is long and tedious and involves an incredible amount of labor and dogged commitment. We complete undergraduate education, 4 years of medical school, and three to 5 years of residency. The toughest part, though, just isn’t academics or occupational stamina — but slightly developing a private and skilled identity as you bear witness to the suffering of your fellow man. (Kathryn Tabor, 7/6)

Stat:
Hospitals And For-Profit PBMs Are Diverting Billions In 340B Savings 

America’s economically disadvantaged patients can point in two directions when talking about what’s flawed with the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which is designed to assist hospitals caring for underserved communities — and the patients they treat — keep essential medicines affordable: large supposedly “nonprofit” hospitals and for-profit pharmacy profit managers that function 340B contract pharmacies, which together divert billions of dollars in savings that ought to be helping patients in need. (Ted Okon, 7/7)

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