Epidemics and public health: the need for simple communication and medical homes for all

This chart appeared in Sunday’s New York Times in an opinion piece called, “American Epidemics, a Brief History” by Howard Markel and Sam Potts. Markel is a professor at my alma mater, the University of Michgian School of Public Health, and Potts is a graphic designer. Their point is neatly captured in this exquisite, simple […]

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The shortage of doctors and medical homes

Two hours’ drive north of Manhattan, it was nigh impossible for my dear friend to secure an appointment with her regular primary care doctor to treat a complicated sinus infection. Her PCP’s appointment scheduler told her she could get an appointment in five days. Not acceptable, my friend said, so she tried some alternatives, with […]

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The downturn generation: how will it impact health care demand?

The recession is shaping a new consumer segment, coined the Downturn Generation by Information Resources (IRI). Members of the Downturn Generation are transforming the ways they shop, eat, and care for their homes and themselves. 2 in 3 consumers believe their financial condition is worse than it was one year ago, and 71% say they […]

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The rich think differently about health than the less affluent

Hint: people with less money think more often about health than the rich do. The new logic of health engagement is based in anxiety, according to DDB:1. Anxiety produces a desire for control 2. Believing we are healthy means we believe we are in control; health = control. 3. Anxiety produces a desire for health. […]

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The decline and fall of American hospital finance

Declining admissions, growing bad debt, rising interest expenses, falling reimbursements, illiquid capital markets, layoffs, cutbacks, and crashing credit ratings…these are the co-morbidities of the American hospital-as-patient in the 2009 economy.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) has revisited its landmark survey on the U.S. hospital economy published in November, and today released The Economic Crisis: The […]

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