Humanity got a wonderful gift between 1990 and 2013 -- six years of extra life. Those born in 2013 can look forward to a 71st birthday. That’s an enormous leap.
We think of the Armed Forces as our nation’s powerful defenders, but they often have expertise in finance, administration, mechanics and computers -- skills that translate into civilian careers, especially in healthcare.
Imagine if an infectious disease were to strike the United States tomorrow. Caused by a virus, it can lead to serious health complications, even death. Does it sound like Ebola? Keep reading.
American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. This doesn't come cheap, though. While healthcare cost much less 60 years ago, no one is calling for a return to 1950s medicine.
While it took us a while to get to this point, this new world of healthcare will be better for all of us. Patients, doctors, and the people who pay for healthcare services all will benefit.
Healthcare is a team sport. And you – the patient – are the No. 1 draft pick. It’s your body, your health, your life. Why shouldn’t you have a voice – and a strong one – in your own care?
In 1968, just six months after finishing medical school, I was made a captain in the Air Force and sent off to Vietnam. I found that there’s much to be learned from war that applies to medicine.
As 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering: What will the government do for healthcare -- and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States.
Americans talk about our healthcare “system.” But it’s not really a system at all. It’s a hodgepodge. Here’s how we, in healthcare, can find efficiencies that have worked in other industries.