Health Woes Of Working Women, Problems With Primary Care, More: Weekly Roundup
This week: when it comes to work life, primary care doctors and women (in general) may be getting a raw deal. Plus, the House GOP releases its long-awaited alternative plan to Obamacare, and a pioneering nonprofit welcomes drug users to sit out their highs with nurses at-the-ready.
Do you have a primary care doctor you like? If so, after reading this you're going to want to call her office and thank her...before she gets burnt out and quits. It's a tough situation for family physicians, but there are signs of change. A must-read from WHYY's The Pulse.
The plan would bring back “high risk pools” for people with very high medical expenses, and end open-ended funding Medicaid, but it would preserve some of the most popular parts of the Affordable Care Act. Nevertheless, the Obama Administration and ACA advocates have no kind words for the proposal. Kaiser Health News reports.
And here's a neat video where KHN's Julie Rovner explains why allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines - one of the policies outlined in the House GOP plan, is probably not so good for consumers.
Places like this exist in Canada and Europe but in the US, it's a fresh concept. In Boston, an organization for the homeless provides a room where one can come after using to ride out a high under medical supervision. For the professionals in the room, it's an opportunity to learn more about what's really happening to the body, and try different approaches to stopping an overdose. Fascinating story from WBUR.
Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma, arthritis - a new study finds that all of these go up for women working 60 hours or more per week. Why not men? One reason may be that women are still shouldering most of the burden of household and family duties. Fusion has more.