Medicare for All is No Easy Fix

I have shied away from weighing in on the flurry of health proposals being discussed as part of the Biden Administration’s big spending bill. So many proposals have been floated, and I can’t handicap their odds of enactment better than you. However, the resurgence of Medicare for All measures…

Joe Versus the Health Care Volcano

Listing President Joe Biden’s health care challenges would be like reading to the end of the Internet – impossible and, after a point, unproductive. Like much else in health care, however, there is no shortcut to understanding them and how difficult meeting them will be. Major health reforms get…

Biden’s Shopping List of Administrative Health Actions

Joe Biden is set to take office tomorrow. His incoming administration faces enormous challenges to help get the country back on something resembling a normal footing. Nowhere is this truer than in health care. Immediate attention will and should be focused on his plans to greatly expand support for…

How to Find High-Quality Health Care

Trying to find a health care provider who meets your needs and fits your budget can feel overwhelming. In the old days, you’d depend on a personal recommendation or referral from a trusted friend—now, in modern times, you can rely on the aggregated experiences of many other patients via ratings sites…

Health Care is a Team Sport

Consider health care a team sport—your health and care may impact you the most, but there are people out there who can help and advocate for you. Everyone needs help, especially when facing a serious disease or medical crisis. For this reason, you should establish a health posse: a few people in your…

Haven Failure a Reminder of Health Reform Pitfalls

Lost amid last week’s existential threat to democracy was the announcement that Haven, the heavily hyped 2018 health care startup, would be ceasing operations. Nearly three years ago, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they would build an independent health company to explore…

Pandemic Changes the Game for Aging in Place

Older people, especially those at highest risk for infection by COVID-19, have pretty much stayed in their homes if they could for the past nine months. The friendly phrase for this is sheltering in place. The reality for many, however, is that our homes can also become prisons. This is especially…