Healthcare in the US–In Need of a Booster Shot, if not Replacement Surgery

Some claim the US has the best health care in the world but even a cursory review of data suggests otherwise.  Unfortunately, Obamacare is neither going to help or hurt the reality of the healthcare status of the US, despite the hilarious and dire predictions of the Fox News Business correspondent on this video:

The solution, like all of the countries with better health outcomes than us, is a nationalized health care system that is non-profit and guarantees integration of services.  Kind of like the VA healthcare system or Medicare . . .

 

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When May I Shoot A Student?

Op-ed in today’s New York Times says it all:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/opinion/when-may-i-shoot-a-student.html?_r=0

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What To Do If a Family Member is Abusing Drugs

See my latest Psychology Today post here for my thoughts on this topic.

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Psychiatric Care is Hard to Find, Even With “Good” Insurance

Lots of psychiatrists do not take any insurance, as documented by a recent paper in JAMA Psychiatry and written about in Newsweek.

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Do You Know Anyone Who Refuses Medicare?

Instead of the dramatically confusing largely private insurance options offered by Obamacare, why not streamline things and offer Medicare-for all?  I don’t know a single individual who refuses to utilize his or her Medicare benefits, no matter his or her political persuasion, how much he or she might despise the federal government along with all things “Socialist.”

Perfect example:  One of my relatives in his early 60s  told me that he wanted the government “to keep its hands off his healthcare.”  When I asked him if he’d begun to receive Medicare benefits, he replied,  ”No, but I’m counting the days.”

 

 

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Provocative question!  See my discussion of this issue here at Psychology Today.

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Doctors with Substance Use Disorders

See an article here about physicians who have substance use disorders.  I was quoted in US News and World Report, saying that the reasons that physicians use drugs are largely the same reasons why everyone else does so.

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Should You Drug Test Your Kid?

All things considered, the potential downsides of home drug testing outweigh the potential benefits of doing so.  See my latest Psychology Today post here for more.

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The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

Please see my just published post on Psychology Today.  Although it stimulates the same brain receptors that marijuana does, synthetic marijuana (also known as K2 or Spice, among other names) is dramatically more potent than marijuana itself and also carries far greater risks than marijuana.  Manufacturers are often trying to stay one step ahead of the law, so who knows what chemicals will turn up next in synthetic marijuana.  The upshot:  Stay away.

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New Movie about Doctors’ Participation in Torture in the “War on Terror”

The movie is called Doctors of the Dark Side.  You can see a trailer for the movie here.  The website also has a study guide which provides invaluable information as well as resources for further information on this whole topic.

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