Abstinence advocate 24-year-old Bristol Palin announced in June 2015 she is again pregnant out-of-wedlock. Palin is already a charter member of the omnium-gatherum whose members give live births to nearly 1.6 million annually. Of these, 40.6% of all births are to unmarried women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As far back as 1976, I was a founding member on the national board of an organization to prevent school-age pregnancies. I advocated through articles and in op-eds like The Chicago Tribune about the need for sex education. Continue reading
A UNICEF Fact Sheet on Children and Young People with Disabilities concludes that pediatric and public health literature about the general health needs of children with disabilities (CWD) is paltry and deficient. Nevertheless, there are successes for slashing the mortality rates of children with disabilities.
In Tunisia, mortality of young children was 67 percent lower in 2013 than in 1990. Vaccination rates are high. HIV/AIDS cases are steadily decreasing. According to UNICEF, lack of basic health care contributes to “mortality for CWD being as high as 80% in countries where under-five mortality overall has decreased to below 20%.” Children with disabilities in certain communities in Ecuador have higher immunization rates than children in Canada and the United States. Continue reading
Outsourcing Helps Fill Critical Personnel Shortages
A shortage of health-care personnel stymies efficient and effective care delivery and negatively affects billings. Corporations lose money if unable to provide services and perform procedures, process patient billings, collect receivables, and comply with regulations for government reimbursements.
Shortages exist in almost every specialty according to the WHO (World Health Organization. “Health Systems Topics: physicians, nurses, skilled and registered nurses, midwives, dentists, allied health professions, community health workers, and mental health workers. Continue reading
Health-care system analysts and futurists examine the past and present to predict the future. They tell decision makers where and how to look for ways to reform their systems. A relatively new field “Healthcare Thought Leadership” elicits from leaders what they think about the big picture. Here is a summary of insights culled from the health-care literature. This is not so much about what worries them, but about what is on their minds.
How does a management expert differ from a thought leader? The former can organize and deliver the goods like turning a profit, building a multinational enterprise, and raising awareness and money for a cause. A thought leader is an acknowledged expert with authoritative views whose influence innovates, alters, or confirms the direction of a trend. Thought leaders are people, corporations, and outsourcing firms with prescient minds predicting and creating epic-shattering events. They answer the big questions. They define the problems and questions needing answers. Continue reading
The direction of health care in advanced countries is driven in the twenty-first century by three forces: financing, technology, and consumer demands for access and service on demand. Do administrators with medical training make the best leaders? Is it time to be changing the light in the attic by preparing health-care leaders for a new age in new ways?
Health-care financing is a much simpler discussion than newspaper stories and editorializing talking heads on TV make out. Government-funded health and medical care is going to continue to expand with an ever-shrinking contribution from private carriers and self-payers. Continue reading