Medical Error vs. Personal Liberty

Any upgrade can be justified through the pretense of healing. It is a matter of perspective. Just like medical errors can be reinterpreted to be infringing upon one’s personal liberties. It is a matter of legal interpretation.

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Patterns of Association

Expert and novice. Physician and patient. The presumed dichotomy between those deemed experts or knowledgeable, compared to those deemed novices or lacking in knowledge is more perception than reality – as what truly separates the two are patterns of association.

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Pandemic’s Ecological Fallacy

The pandemic ushered in clinical studies that have changed healthcare policy. But the pace of publications also led to studies with questionable evidence and notable retractions, warranting a review of how we apply broad data to individual decision-making.

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Nonlinear Healthcare Models

For most businesses, the relationship between revenue and cost is defined in a straightforward unit economic model. In healthcare, this model is anything but straightforward, as the more accurately we define healthcare, the more complicated it becomes.

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The Pandemic is a Perception

Healthcare data has proven to be of little value to both policy makers and to the public. Instead of data, we should monitor subjective metrics like fear and resiliency to predict the course of the pandemic.

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Prospect Theory in Healthcare

Healthcare is irrational and patients behave irrationally. Yet we continue to develop healthcare models assuming that patients are rational. Behavioral economists have already devised models to adjust for irrationality, which healthcare needs to incorporate.

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Persistent Racial Biases

The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. In the subtle, implicit biases we continue to carry across many healthcare interactions. What may initially appear as a slight shift in perception, once repeated, soon magnifies into significant disparities.

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Intellectual Burdens In Healthcare

Liberty is the foundation of American culture. But liberty in healthcare often handicaps patients who are less educated about their health. Creating a paradox in which added liberties produce intellectual burdens among those most vulnerable.

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The Vaccine Is Not The Savior We Believe – But That Is Okay

The vaccine has arrived and the roll-out has begun, with many of the high-risk already vaccinated. But we should remain cautious, for what will bring an end to the pandemic is not the vaccine, but consistently maintaining the social distancing parameters, despite the perception that the worst is over.

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Experiencing COVID-19 Firsthand

While most of the world was relaxing over the holidays, we at Daily Remedy were struggling with COVID-19. And we soon learned that reporting on COVID-19 is far different than experiencing the disease firsthand.

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Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, the first Indian physician trained in the United States

Anandibai travelled to New York from Kolkata (Calcutta) by ship, chaperoned by two female English missionary acquaintances of the Thorborns. In New York, Theodicia Carpenter received her in June 1883. Anandibai wrote to the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, asking to be admitted to their medical program, which was the second women’s medical […]

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