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NEWS: UN: 6.6 Million Children Under 5 Died Last Year – ABC News

September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

UN: 6.6 Million Children Under 5 Died Last Year LAGOS, Nigeria September 13, 2013 (AP) By CARLEY PETESCH Associated Press Childhood death rates around the world have halved since 1990 but an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 5 still died last year, the U.N. children’s agency said Friday. Nearly half of all children who die are in five countries: Nigeria, Congo, India, Pakistan and China, it said in a report. “Progress can and must be made,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s executive director. “When concerted action, sound strategies, adequate resources and strong political will are harnessed in support of child and maternal survival, dramatic reductions in child mortality aren’t just feasible, they are morally imperative.” The top killers are malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, the report said, taking the lives of about 6,000 children under age 5 daily. A lack of nutrition contributes to almost half of these deaths, the U.N. said. [...]

NEWS: Doctors selling their practices – Jul. 16, 2013

July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

A growing trend in the United States is to see less doctors practicing. We are seemingly suffering a brain drain of doctors who want to have their own private practice, but end up giving up their specialties to work for a hospital instead. Top reasons that doctors are calling it quits: 1. Doctors are tired of the hassle of filing insurance claims 2.Doctors are tired of collecting payments from patients 3. Doctors want to only focus on medicine 4.The unknowns of Obamacare, though the problem of doctors bailing from their practice started long before the plan was put into place. In a country that likes to tout itself as the most developed in the World, the United States is ranks 38th in the World for quality of health systems [World Health Organization 2000 report). Ironically, the United States also ranked 1st for expenditure per capita.  We spend the most but receive less care. Is it possible that a market driven health care system is the reason we are failing? [...]

NEWS Cash-only Doctors Abandon the Insurance System – Jun. 11, 2013

June 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

via Cash-only doctors abandon the insurance system – Jun. 11, 2013 In a country that sees skyrocketing insurance premiums for both doctors and patients, it was a matter of time until doctors would start to abandon their insurance companies and start taking cash only. One argument is that it may only benefit the wealthy who can afford the care up front, but for millions of Americans who are jobless and without insurance, “concierge” medicine that offers monthly fees for “all you can eat” service, may just be what the doctor ordered. Number of Uninsured & Uninsured Rate: 1987-2011.Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 1988 to 2012 Annual Social and Economic [...]
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