Several excellent articles have hit the news this past month analyzing the claim that Medicare, and therefore Medicare-for-All (M4A) will save money due to lower administrative costs. This is not a new or uncontested claim—and individuals on both sides have made good points, as well as factual errors. I’ve listed a few resources at the […]
“In the context of burgeoning hospital systems and dwindling private practices, Dr. Schmidt’s talk has renewed my faith in decentralizing healthcare delivery.” ~Jordan Halevy, MS2, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Physician autonomy is a very powerful idea. Medical school places a very large debt burden on its graduates. Whether students care to admit it or not, this debt load is a highly influential factor in one’s decision regarding a medical specialty. It’s been amusing to observe students’ attitudes as we progress through medical school together.
It is important to note that issues of conscience seem to be an important factor driving participation in health care sharing ministries. Ministries do not allow for sharing expenses that are explicitly outside of the value system, such abortion procedures. … Though HCSMs are not a panacea for all the issues of the U.S. health care system, they provide an avenue to empower patients to use their own health care dollars wisely, receive affordable care, and maintain the freedom to voluntarily “bear one another’s burden.”
[Ed. Note: Stephanie Hinds, MS3 and BRI-St. Louis University chapter leader, graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a BS in Molecular Environmental Biology. Stephanie strongly believes that financial health and autonomy for both physicians and patients is just as imperative as mental and physical health. She hopes to manage her own primary care clinic based on free market principles with […]