Health care

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    A real trade abuse the president could tackle

    Steve Forbes offers Forbes magazine readers one idea for a trade challenge President Trump could tackle. HERE’S A HUGELY winning issue for President Donald Trump that would deal with a gross trading abuse and simultaneously advance his goal of reducing the prices of prescription drugs: Insist that foreign…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2018
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    2035: More Seniors Than Kids

    Census Bureau estimates show that in 2035, we’ll see a major demographic shift. Seniors (65-plus) will outnumber kids (under 18) for the first time in U.S. history. Think about that. If this is correct, in less than 20 years, an already powerful block of voters — seniors — will become…
    Donna Martinez, March 19, 2018
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    Opioid crisis as social problem

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports on an interesting panel discussion targeting the national opioid epidemic. A panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday explored the social dimensions of America’s opioid crisis, with a keynote by Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) and comments by…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2018
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    Pill control is not enough

    More widespread availability of anti-addiction medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone would help with the opioid crisis, Sally Satel writes in Politico, as would “a better addiction treatment infrastructure.” Motivated patients also benefit greatly from cognitive behavioral therapy and from the hard work of recovery—healing family rifts, reintegrating into the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 9, 2018
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    Where are Nurse Practitioners Located In North Carolina?

    64 percent are clustered in ten of the state’s most populous counties. See the health care workforce map below:                                                          …
    Katherine Restrepo, March 5, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Lawmakers interested in improving rural access to health care should consider loosening restrictions on nurse practitioners. Katherine Restrepo explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato rebuts the faulty argument that increased economic growth is bound to produce inflation. George Mason University law…
    Mitch Kokai, March 2, 2018
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    Your Doctor’s Paperwork Problem Could Become a Headache For You

    Paperwork. Paperwork. And more paperwork. Turns out doctors are buried in it, as Bruce Lee explains at Led by Christine Sinsky, MD, at the American Medical Association, the study followed 57 U.S. physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology and orthopedics for a total of 430 hours. In addition, 21…
    Donna Martinez, March 1, 2018
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    What’s The Deal With The Proposed Merger of UNC & Atrium?

    If you’re confused by whether hospital mergers are positive or negative, JLF’s Katherine Restrepo, clears things up as she discusses the potential partnership between UNC Health Care and Atrium Health, the former Carolinas HealthCare System. Restrepo offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal…
    Donna Martinez, February 28, 2018