The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 6 – Japan

Bioethics, 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 the Japanese system. (more…)
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How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 7 – Procedures

Medical Economics, 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. 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 fifth “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer — procedures. A primary dictum of ethical medical care is to not cause harm. Therefore, increased evidence of outcome or evidence based decision making is clear in the literature. “While enthusiasm for ... evidence-based medicine is growing, several barriers ... persist.”(67) One of the best discourses on this topic merits repeating: “First, ‘seduction by authority’ has reigned for centuries. Decisions about a new…
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