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Volume IV, Issue 30

July 24 , 2017
GOP strategy on health care in flux ahead of Senate vote
WH
According to a Sunday, July 23, 2017 Reuters post:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing forward on a procedural vote on his health care bill, but very few Senators seem aware of what they will even be voting on this Tuesday: the version passed by the
House or the Senate's own repeal.

WIM
McConnell's legacy is on the line here. Meanwhile, after six months in power, the Republicans still appear unable to manage their majority position. There are 52 Republican Senators; but with the indefinite absence of the cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., McConnell's margin of error shrinks to one.

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The health care debate we should be having
WH 
Evan Horowitz offers commentary in a Boston Globe post on 7.22.17:

There's something wrong with our health care debates. Always in D.C., the big questions are about insurance: who has it, how they get it, how much the government should pay.

WIM
According to the author:

Most of the life expectancy gains of the last century can be chalked up to what we call public health, a catch-all term for those interventions aimed not at a single patient, but at a whole community or the entire population. Think sewage treatment and cigarette taxes, not new pills or breakthrough surgical techniques....And yet, public health interventions get a piddly share of attention, not to mention scant government funding. Which helps explain the great riddle of American health care: How come we spend more than everyone else, yet generally have worse outcomes? We overspend on medical care and underinvest in public health....How to fix that imbalance and optimize our limited health dollars? That may be the health care debate we really need to have.
Physician Census Identifies 953,695 Actively Licensed Physicians in U.S.
WH
In a Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) press release dated 7.20.17, several interesting statistics are revealed. The FSMB studied the period between 2010-2016 to create the latest census.

WIM
According to the report, the number of licensed physicians nationwide grew faster than the overall population resulting in an increase in the physician-to-population ratio. This contradicts predictions of a looming physician shortage. Meanwhile, female physicians now account for one-third of all actively licensed physicians. Another point of interest is the finding that DO licenses grew much faster than MD licenses.

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