medical geography

NEWS via SBS.com: Why geography is Australia’s biggest silent killer

March 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why geography is Australia’s biggest silent killer Understanding how the characteristics of a particular place impact health is critically important if we are to understand how to improve health and longevity in rural and remote Australia. By Lesley Barclay, University of Sydney Many people think the poorer health and lower life expectancy of people living in rural or remote Australia are attributable to the under-supply of health services in those areas. But this is only one contributing factor. Far more important is the distribution of health risk factors and how they interact with the nature of rural and remote places, which results in people dying younger. Data from the National Health Performance Authority shows life expectancy at birth ranges from 83.6 years in metro areas to 81.5 in regional hubs and 78.2 in rural places. The picture is even grimmer when we look at avoidable deaths. From a population of 100,000, there are 115 avoidable deaths in metro areas compared to [...]

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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