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July 12, 2018
Volume IX  |  Issue 28  
Under pressure from Trump, Pfizer agrees to roll back price hikes 
 Ed Silverman | STAT

Ian Read blinked. In an unexpected about-face, Pfizer agreed to defer substantial price hikes that went into effect just last week on more than 40 medicines after its chief executive spoke with President Trump, who is under increasing pressure to take action to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The move was announced on Tuesday evening by Trump in a tweet, in which he said he had talked with Pfizer chief executive Ian Read and Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, to discuss the "blueprint" for tackling rising drug prices.

 Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Raising Plenty of Questions About Implications for Healthcare 
Tina Reed | Fierce Healthcare

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick for the Supreme Court on Monday evening. Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Of course, health experts have been searching through his former cases like tea leaves to offer a glimpse at where he might land on some of the most pressing healthcare issues-including challenges to Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act.
Come see for yourself why medicine rarely runs on time 
Andrea Eisenberg, MD | KevinMD
"Sorry, I'm running late ... sorry, to keep you waiting." How many times a day do I say that? Sometimes it is every time I walk into a patient's room as if it is a normal greeting. Sometimes patients respond with: "Oh, you aren't late" or "I haven't been waiting long." I can be so obsessed with not being late that I don't realize I'm actually running on time! But I know it is a common complaint that patients "always" have to wait to be seen by their doctor. One of my senior partners at work used to say "waiting for a good doctor is like waiting to be seated at a good restaurant, it is worth the wait," and never worried about time. I admired how thorough he was with his patients - I don't think any of his patients felt rushed or not heard and came to expect waiting for his care.
Come join me for a day and see for yourself why medicine rarely runs on time...  
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Sometimes Patients Need Other Patients
Austin Frakt | The Incidental Economist

In an ideal world, when we are faced with a new health problem, a clinician is available to sit down and address all our questions and anxieties about the condition and its treatment. This ideal is rarely met in the United States health system. More typically, we're rushed through doctor visits that fly by too quickly for us to gather our thoughts. Other patients can help. They have (or have had) your condition, as well as your anxieties and questions, and they've found a path through. Their journeys can be informative and helpful, and can also help you prepare for the next session with a doctor.



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