Retail Clinics and population health

Retail clinics (RCs) initiated as a response of the market to unmet needs of healthcare consumers for accessible, convenient, and cost-effective basic health services. As the clinics become a popular means of treating minor medical conditions at lower costs, they have established a niche in the health care system based on their convenience and accessibility…

Health insurance and information costs

When I first moved to the U.S. for work, I had to initially buy my own health insurance. I started to do research, call insurance companies, and ask co-workers to try to choose the best fit for me. I found a plan that, in my view, balanced costs and quality with accessible premiums and coinsurance…

Does Healthcare Reform Matter for Students?

With the Health Insurance Exchanges rolling out this month, now’s as good a time as ever to explore the implications health care reform and the Affordable Care Act have on us, as students. Although the ACA, “Obamacare,” has been widely discussed in the media, outside of the SPH I notice my friends don’t tend to…

International Travel Doctor Visit

Since I’m going abroad for a social work internship this summer, I needed to make a travel health appointment to make sure I have all the vaccinations and immunizations I need to stay as healthy as possible while I’m traveling. I had my appointment last week (my third in five years…) and got my first-ever…

Key Terms for Speaking #HC Reform

A heavy bag strains my shoulder these days as I lug around reams of articles and notes, hoping to catch a few minutes here and there studying for my first  U.S. health care survey exam. My mind swirls with loaded phrases that succinctly describe why our country needs health care reform, unless we want to…

Latinos and the Healthcare Debate

  One in three Latinos have no health insurance. Facing serious linguistic and cultural barriers, Latinos also have much lower rates of preventative care, like cancer screenings and regular checkups, and higher rates of many chronic diseases such as diabetes. The new Obama healthcare plan would cover all Americans, including Latinos citizens, in a comprehensive…