Category Archives: Health

Massachusetts’ mental health system is broken

Title-SpotlightRead the Boston Globe’s Spotlight’s latest effort. And thanks, Jac, for sending the link.

And don’t think, just because you don’t live in Massachusetts, that things are cool in your state. They’re not. If other states had these kinds of reporters, they’d tell sadly similar stories.

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals follow Catholic directives on reproductive care

Which means hundreds of thousands of women are not getting appropriate care, even when their lives are in jeopardy.

deniedNew reports from the ACLU and MergerWatch say that one in every six hospital beds in the U.S. is in a facility that complies with Catholic directives which prohibit a range of reproductive health care services.

The report, “Health Care Denied,” says:

In some places, such as Washington State, more than 40 percent of all hospital beds are in a Catholic hospital, and entire regions have no other option for hospital care. Catholic hospitals also receive billions in taxpayer dollars.4 These hospitals should not be permitted to turn away patients seeking emergency medical care, to discriminate against women by refusing to provide critical reproductive health services, or to force their values on patients who may not share them.

We simply cannot afford to balance our budget on the backs of people with mental illness

mental_health_cuts_claire_bien-4Connecticut is in a budgetary free-fall, but we need to apply the knife verrry carefully. We pay now, or we pay later, particularly when we cut programs for people with mental health issues.

Connecticut is a leader in preventing and ending homelessness. Will this budget crisis set us back? Depends on how we make our cuts. I wrote this for WNPR. And thank you, Ryan Caron King, for the wonderful photos.

How to provide Medicare for all

6ac4e909-4318-4e55-81fe-ae24f162030fLeftover sends this, a Marcia Angell column from the Boston Globe, that explains how we can get precisely what the majority of us want, a federally-funded health care system.

Single payer now. Single payer forever. amen.

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What if we treat guns as we treat abortions?

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Supreme Court decides not to decide on birth control

downloadOn Monday, the Supreme Court sent back to the lower courts seven cases that that august body had consolidated into one big ol’ hairy birth control case. This says the court punted on the case, brought by various religious groups who fear the birth control portion of the American Care Act (Obamacare) violates their religious freedom.

You can read more here, at the SCOTUS blog.

This means a decision will come only after the 2016 Presidential elections.

 

Bless these 41,000 doctors

Hands pulling at both ends of a rope to secure a half-hitch knot (Dorling Kindersley photo)

Leftover sends this: California’s largest medical association is joining a lawsuit against Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital system, for denial of service. The California Medical Association is joining the ACLU in the suit.

Dignity Health, according to the suit, is

using religious directives to deny patients basic reproductive health care.

You can read more here.