Healthcare Reform: Doctors Shaping the Narrative

With the roll out of the Affordable Care Act and perhaps more significantly the approach of the 2012 elections, public discussions of healthcare reform has been drowning in an alphabet soup of ACOs (not to be confused with the above ACA), CMS, SCHIP, and RUVs, just to name a few. The challenge is twofold. Most … Continue reading

Healthcare Reform: We Need to Reframe the Questions

One year after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the debate roars on, in Congress and everywhere else. And these debates often revolve around a big question, even when it is left unspoken or implied: Is health care a basic human right? In 1990 I made a quantum leap from practicing in … Continue reading

Next book event

Thursday, Feb 24th 6:30 PM Island Books 575 East Main Rd Middletown, RI

A Life Lesson Learned in Medical School, as featured in the NYT

January 28, 2011, 1:20 pm A Life Lesson Learned in Medical School By MAGGIE KOZEL, M.D. Thomas Northcut/Getty Images It was in my second year of medical school that I learned one of the most important lessons of my career: That it can be hard to distinguish truth from a perfectly good answer. Certainty was … Continue reading

“The Color of Atmosphere” reading and booksigning

Island Books 575 E. Main Rd, Middletown, RI February 24th,     6:30 PM

“The Color of Atmosphere” book reading/signing/discussion

Central Baptist Church, Jamestown 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI February 17th, 7 PM Books will be available for purchase.  

Little Pharma: The Medication of U.S. Children

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that a study of prescription patterns in 2009, conducted by IMS Health, showed that 25% of children in the US were on regular medication. IMS Health is a firm that provides “marketing intelligence” to pharmaceutical companies. The firm’s job is to keep the $800 billion per year global … Continue reading

Confessions of a Worn Out Pediatrician

I used to practice pediatrics. It has been several years since I decided to leave medicine, but people still ask me about it, and I find myself offering neat explanations between gulps of coffee. Of course, the full truth is much more complicated. The full truth has as much to do with our health care … Continue reading

Finger-wagging doesn’t work for societal ills

The following is my response to the Huffington blog post: Bravo for your clarity on the preventable causes of chronic disease, and the economic toll it takes on our society. Its a good starting point. I applaud the concept of a health coach, rather than a health “provider.­” In fact I believe that should … Continue reading

Fiscal Conservatives: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Featured today on Huffington Post: The midterm elections have come and gone, and there soon will be a lot of new voices reverberating through the halls of the Capitol – which has to be great news for health care reformists.  Who better to find a saner and fiscally more responsible way to deliver health … Continue reading