The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 1

Medical Economics
In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and myths about the nationalized healthcare available in a number of other countries. The fact is that every nationalized health care system in the world is battling issues of rapidly rising costs and decreasing access to care. But, these systems also have some very attractive benefits. So, let's take a look at the pro's and con's of each system. (more…)
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How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 3 – Philosophy

Woman's Health
This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Today we’ll look at the costs of “birth philosophy.” Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope information will be helpful to lay women planning their birth. Today we’ll look at the first “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer -- philosophy. In the past, labor has been viewed by many (perhaps most) physicians as a process that can and must be managed by physicians for their pregnant patients. Standard obstetrical text books discuss the three “P’s” of labor management: Power, Passage, and Passenger. Some have expand these basic 3 to include a fourth “P”:…
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