“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain
We all face risks to our economic security throughout our lifetime including loss of wages, outliving one’s savings in retirement, and high health care costs at any age. In the US, we claim to meet these and other personal disasters through various social insurance...
As some of you know, I’m working on a hybrid—part memoir and part how to get us off our collective ass and provide affordable, accessible healthcare to our people. The biggest barrier is that all we read and talk about are the symptoms—not the disease. This is like...
If I ever find an agent and/or publisher for a book I’m working on, this is how it will open: Imagine kicking over a rotting log and finding all manner of centipedes running to escape the sunlight when darkness is their life. This is how I view the healthcare industry...
The state of U.S. Public Health
I can’t think of a worse time to look and find this kind of data – especially in rural areas of the country.
Since 2010, # of rural hospitals that have closed
Of the number still operating, the 1,844 rural hospitals considered vulnerable for closure
The percentage of US counties that spend more than 2x as much on policing as non-hospital healthcare, including public health
The percentage of US states that spend less than $100/person/year on public health
Since 2008, the number of state and local public health jobs in the US that have been lost
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