Do You Trust the Medical Profession?



Trust, in each other and in American institutions, is vital for our social and economic well-being: It allows us to work, buy, sell and vote with some reasonable expectation that our behavior [...]

You’re Sick. Whose Fault Is That?



On my pediatrics rotation in medical school, several residents told me they worked with children in part because they sometimes found themselves judging adults: Did they do drugs? Were they fat? [...]

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care



We know that where you live matters: There are huge disparities in health and costs across the country. The uninsured rate in Texas is six times higher than in Massachusetts. You’re four times [...]

The Unhealthy Politics of Pork: How It Increases Your Medical Costs



No industry in America spends more on lobbying than health care. In 2016, the health care industry spent half a billion dollars on lobbying, with pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and health [...]

The High Price of Failing America’s Costliest Patients



Even patients with whom I have the best rapport would probably rather not see me so often. Sometimes I readmit a patient I cared for just weeks before in the hospital. “Nice to see you again,” I [...]

GOP Medicaid Cuts Would Hurt Much More than Health Care



The program contributes to lower dropout rates, more college degrees, higher earnings, emptier jails and thriving economies. In short, the American dream. The Senate’s new health bill, the Better [...]

How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care



Consider the following. I’m a physician at the end of more than a decade of training. I’ve dissected cadavers in anatomy lab. I’ve pored over tomes on the physiology of disease. I’ve treated [...]

Bad Hospital Design is Making Us Sicker



As a medical resident working 30-hour shifts, I quickly came to cherish those rare moments when I could duck out of the bustling and brightly lit hospital corridors and lay my head on a pillow. [...]

Essay: Trump’s immigration policies make me fear for my patients



As I was deciding whether to intubate my new patient — a 23-year-old man, ravaged by cancer, clearly struggling to breathe — his mother handed me two envelopes. In broken English, she urged me to [...]

Your Doctor’s Party Shouldn’t Matter



Health care may be a political topic, but your relationship with your doctor shouldn’t be. Medicine has long thought of itself as a pure profession: dispassionate, scientific, and unbiased by [...]

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