KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions: Translating In The Doctors’ Office; An Alternative To The Individual Mandate; Dave Barry On Health Care Problems

Scrubbing In: It's Critical To Speak Patient's Language The Philadelphia Inquirer
Translation is a necessity given that more than 34 million foreign-born people live in the United States. When I was in medical school in San Francisco, our curriculum focused on strategies for getting past the language barrier (Rachel K. Sobel, 5/10).

Do We Need An Individual Mandate? Health Affairs Blog
Should everyone be required to have health insurance? The short answer is no. There is nothing that can be achieved with a mandate to buy health insurance that cannot be better achieved by a carefully designed system of tax subsidies (John Goodman, 5/10). 

More Blame Game Played On Health Costs The Aurora (Colo.) Sentinel
Stories Monday about the cost of health insurance going up because of the new health care reform laws affecting college students are hugely misleading (5/10).

Too Many Doctors, But Too Few Primary Care Ones Huffington Post
A rational approach to correcting the problem, and one more effective than just graduating more doctors, involves looking at the root causes for our top-heavy physician population (Dr. Dennis Gottfried, 5/10).

State Of Health Care – And My Forefinger The Miami Herald
The greatest Greek physician of all was Hippocrates, who is often called "the father of modern medicine'' because he invented the concept that remains the foundation of all medical care as we know it today: the receptionist. Prior to this invention, when patients came to see the doctor, the doctor had to actually see them, which, as you can imagine, took up a lot of his valuable time because they were always nattering on and on about being sick (Dave Barry, 5/10).

Celebrating The Pill's Anniversary The Chicago Tribune
Our daughters, sisters, coworkers and friends need us to not simply be satisfied with the progress we have made over the past 50 years. They need us to engage them in the effort to bring affordable contraception to all women -- so that they, in turn, can help make the 100th anniversary of the pill even more momentous (Carole Brite, 5/10). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.