Topic: health policy

Robotic driving systems need regulation

With automobile manufacturers racing to bring self-driving vehicles to the marketplace, policy makers need to get up to speed and start examining the issues surrounding the transition, according to Jay A. Winsten, associate dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,…

Emergency room doctors busy, despite ACA

Doctors responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians poll released May 4, 2015 report more patients are seeking emergency room treatment since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. One of the ACA selling points was to reduce…

A transatlantic view of health policy

May 14, 2015 -- It’s not every day that young doctors with ideas about how to change national health policies get a face-to-face meeting with a high-level government official. But that’s what happened for Nawaz Ahmad and Aslı Kalın, two doctors from…

Promoting health care for the vulnerable in Vietnam

May 12, 2015 -- In Hanoi, working for a small nongovernmental organization, Lan Nguyen spent nearly four years trying to improve the lot of people on the fringes. Sex workers. Drug users. People struggling with diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis…

Thailand seeks to address shortage of rural health care providers

May 11, 2015 -- Now in its 14th year, Thailand’s universal health care system provides coverage to 99.9% of the population, but as it grows the system is facing challenges caused by a shortage of doctors and nurses, especially in rural areas. Rajata Rajatanavin,…

Taking public health to heart

May 4, 2015 — Dervilla McCann’s face lights up as she recalls the day in 2012 when she learned that the Supreme Court had upheld the Affordable Care Act. A cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice and…

Howard Koh honored by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership and director of the Leading Change Studio at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will receive the Dr. Jim O’Connell Award at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s upcoming Medicine…

‘Wacky’ Medicare physician payment policy should bite the dust

The U.S. Senate’s likely approval this week of bipartisan legislation to repeal a long-standing feature of Medicare physician payment policy called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) does not mean a new era of bipartisan Congressional cooperation on health policy has dawned, according…

Obama plan could boost health care for immigrants

Millions of undocumented immigrants could get a reprieve from the threat of deportation and a chance for legal employment in the U.S. under a recent proposed executive action from President Obama. Although the plan is currently under court injunction, if it’s implemented…