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Come Together Right Now: The Mental Health Field Must Unite

Come Together Right Now: The Mental Health Field Must Unite This post was written by Dr. Misty Hook, and was originally published on the Counselling Resource website. It is a followup to her post, The Pay is the Thing. A

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The Pay is the Thing: Re-evaluating Mental Health Reimbursement

This post was written by Dr. Misty Hook, and was originally published on the Counselling Resource website. A licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Texas, Dr Misty Hook received her PhD in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She

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A request to my doctor: Listen, answer, explain

By Ralph Warren After a recent less-than-satisfactory appointment with my cardiologist, I was troubled by how common poor relationships between doctors and patients are. When did doctor and patient relationships, so necessary to the successful treatment of long-term illnesses, become

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Putting the United State healthcare in international context

Just when you thought reports highlighting the US healthcare system could not be more damning, a new report emerges showing that “Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries”. Good morning

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Let me help: An open letter to the healthcare system

Dear healthcare: I want to help you; really, I do. You see, when tragedy strikes all around us we often look to you. Sometimes in that quick glance we see you as the problem. But yet, more often we look

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I am visible. My disease is not.

By Michael Hyatt I am disabled. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic disorder that keeps me in constant pain every minute of my life. It is an invisible disease. You could look at me, and if you saw past

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Complexity in healthcare

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge” – Winston Churchill Why is healthcare so complex? Why is transformation in healthcare so hard to achieve? The great healthcare policy mind, Dr. Paul Starr, has written extensively about healthcare. If you are

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The Quantified State

While the throngs of zombies, ninjas and superheroes awaited Halloween with baited breath, the health policy wonks of Colorado awaited the following morning for the release of something just as sweet… the Colorado All Payer Claims Database. The release of

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Health insurance and the high deductible option

It has been made very clear that if we do not begin to address the rising cost of health insurance premiums, no one in the middle class will be able to afford any coverage. Consider the following from the Robert

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You can’t square a circle: Healthcare and the economy

Healthcare and the economy are inextricably linked. Simply put, by taking care of healthcare we can positively impact the economy (and vice versa). But yet despite these being inseparable, we sometimes fall guilty of separating out healthcare and the economy

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