Female Physicians and Work/Family Balance

This is from “The Changing Face of Medicine” Chapter 8: Medicine as a Family-Friendly Profession? While the medical field has grown more accepting of women, it still has yet to accommodate the issue of work/family balance. Both men and women work long weeks, and they are not very happy about this situation. Many doctors wish…

When Having Health Insurance Is Not Enough

From “Understanding Health Policy” Chapter 2: Access to Healthcare As of 2010, there are 51 million uninsured Americans. That’s 17% of the population.  There are two main reasons for why people don’t have insurance. One is the high cost of healthcare. Since most insurance is given via the employer, having a job is crucial for…

Hinduism: Journey through Life

For the last part of Hinduism, Smith touches upon the Stages of Life (ashrama). We are never the same person as we get older. We change, and learn more about ourselves. These stages actually mirror the four desires of man that I mentioned in a previous post. 1. Student: (Brachmacharya): From 8 to 12 years,…

Hinduism: The Four Yogas

Half of Huston Smith’s book “The World’s Religions” is on Hinduism and Buddhism. The other half covers six other religions, so he’s thoroughly describes the first two very well. His explanations for describing Hinduism is breathtaking. I don’t know how he does it. The main goal of Hinduism, based on the last post, is to…

How We Pay for Healthcare 2: Medicare and Medicaid

How We Pay for Healthcare 2: Medicare and Medicaid Continued from Chapter 2: Paying for Healthcare from “Understanding Healthy Policy” 4. Government Financed (via taxes) In 1965, Medicare and Medicaid were created to pay for the health insurance of  disadvantaged groups. Medicare was for the elderly, and Medicaid for low-income families. MEDICARE PART A: Hospital…

How We Pay for Healthcare

“Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach” (6th Edition) looks amazing. I read the first chapter months ago and I was so enlightened. By the time I finish it, I should have a solid understanding of healthcare policy. The first chapter was called “Paying for Healthcare.” There are four ways of paying for healthcare (This is…

Healthcare: Basic Payments

“The Healthcare Handbook” by Elizabeth Askin and Nathan Moore, who are medical students at Washington University School of Medicine, came out last year to help young health professionals understand all the complexities of the healthcare system. Chapter 3 is called Insurance and Economics. The authors begin by describing the concept of insurance itself, using car…