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Friday Sep 29, 2017

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that the wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest are a public health hazard, and the threat is getting worse each year.

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Posted at 04:16PM Sep 29, 2017 by Melissa Hemphill, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 25, 2017

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Through words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., illustrates how the Graham-Cassidy bill currently under consideration in the Senate could make health care worse.

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Posted at 04:46PM Sep 25, 2017 by Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P. | Comments [0]

Monday Aug 14, 2017

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

New physician Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., relates in words and spare drawings why some of the advice she was taught to give doesn't apply to the patients she is expected to help.

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Posted at 04:32PM Aug 14, 2017 by Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P. | Comments [0]

Thursday Aug 03, 2017

Start by Viewing Transgender Patients as People -- Not 'Burdens'

Discrimination against transgender people is precipitated by viewing patients with dollar signs over their heads, rather than simply seeing them as people.

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Posted at 05:20PM Aug 03, 2017 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by. 

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Posted at 12:14PM Jun 28, 2017 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday May 22, 2017

It's Complicated: What We Wish Legislators Knew About Health Care

Health care truly is complicated. We asked our new physician bloggers what policymakers need to understand if they're going to help create a better system. 

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Posted at 04:01PM May 22, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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Posted at 01:49PM Mar 22, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Mar 06, 2017

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

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Posted at 11:20AM Mar 06, 2017 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Feb 24, 2017

I'm Standing Up for Direct Primary Care

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., knows legislators won't significantly improve our health care system on their own. Success requires persistent grassroots advocacy, and family physicians need to be a part of that.

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Posted at 10:03AM Feb 24, 2017 by Ryan Neuhofel | Comments [0]

Friday Jan 27, 2017

Trusted Relationship Allows Patients to Confide Horrors of Abuse

Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that continuity of care and a level of trust can help patients share their painful stories.

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Posted at 02:32PM Jan 27, 2017 by Venis Wilder, M.D. | Comments [0]

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