Health Law May Mean Even Fewer Doctors
President Obama's new healthcare law is good news for the 30 million people who will have access to health insurance. However, health experts worry if the medical profession industry will be prepared to meet the demand.
Article written by guest writer Rin Mitchell
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For Southern California, the Mississippi Delta, Detroit and suburban Phoenix, President Obama´s new healthcare law may mean more people will be provided with insurance, but there will be lack of good care. According to health experts, a shortage of doctors is on the horizon, and the time it takes to train a doctor is about ten years. However, these are not the only states that would suffer from lack of care—it is a dilemma other states nationwide will be facing. The Association of Medical colleges report that there will be an estimated 62,900 fewer doctors than needed by 2015, “and that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care.” Yet, it is also stated that the country is bound to experience setbacks in the medical profession without the law. So, it sounds like the new law just puts the icing on the cake. Reportedly, there isn’t much the government or medical professions can do about the shortage. The healthcare law will give nearly 30 million Americans access to coverage, yet many Americans will need have to wait longer for doctors visits; travel long distances to receive sufficient care; opt to go to the emergency room versus make an appointment beforehand or forgo treatment altogether.
What´s the Big Idea?
It is reported that Obama´s healthcare plan may leave people hanging when it comes to receiving actual care. With states across the country experiencing growth spurts in population, the medical profession industry is not prepared to efficiently meet the demands of healthcare. However, "even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.”
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
A little goes a long way.
- A recent study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 80 percent of Americans don't exercise enough.
- Small breaks from work add up, causing experts to recommend short doses of movement rather than waiting to do longer workouts.
- Rethinking what exercise is can help you frame how you move throughout your day.
Civil discourse has fallen to an all time low.
The question that the American populace needs to ask itself now is: how do we fix it?
Discursive fundamentals need to be taught to preserve free expression
In their findings the authors state:
upholding First Amendment ideals.
Talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner
- Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.
- Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.
- Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.
- Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial
- Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.
- Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.
- Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising,
It's interesting to note the authors found that:
"Tribe membership shows strong reliability in predicting views across different political topics."
Here are some statistics on differing viewpoints according to political party:
- 51% of staunch liberals say it's "morally acceptable" to punch Nazis.
- 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
- 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
- 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
- 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
Here are some guidelines for civic discourse that might come in handy:
- Practice inclusion and listen to who you're speaking to.
Civic discourse in the divisive age
dangerously tribal, fueled by a culture of outrage and taking offense. For the combatants,
the other side can no longer be tolerated, and no price is too high to defeat them.
These tensions are poisoning personal relationships, consuming our politics and
putting our democracy in peril.
Once a country has become tribalized, debates about contested issues from
immigration and trade to economic management, climate change and national security,
become shaped by larger tribal identities. Policy debate gives way to tribal conflicts.
Polarization and tribalism are self-reinforcing and will likely continue to accelerate.
The work of rebuilding our fragmented society needs to start now. It extends from
re-connecting people across the lines of division in local communities all the way to
building a renewed sense of national identity: a bigger story of us."
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