Mitchell is absolutely correct that "coverage" is not the answer. Indeed, insurers are responsible for a substantial portion of the problem. A system in which private and public sources share the burden of providing medical care (note: not health care) to millions, where the private entities are driven by profit, is fundamentally biased against the most chronically and seriously ill and the impoverished. They are pushed into the public system, increasing profit for the private entities and wiping out the benefits of risk averaging for the public system.
I hope we can develop a system where we are caring for health, not merely giving drugs and doing surgery after health is diminished. As the population ages, the economic and social burden of chronic illness will expand. Chronic diseases require chronic care, and the occasional visit to the physician for a prescription refill falls far short of meeting this need.
What physicians call non-compliance (and nurses call a failure to craft a treatment plan the patient can carry out) can only be mitigated by caring for health problems. This means checking that those in need can afford their medication, have a safe home environment, understand their therapeutic regimen, are not experiencing side effects, know how to care for themselves to improve their health status, and so forth. This is the challenge of the 21st century health care system, and it is a huge one.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.
- Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
- Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
- Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
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