Perspectives

In conversations with people around the state, Minnesota HealthBasics is working to find common ground on which to build a stronger health care system. The conversations so far have been vibrant, robust and full of good ideas. In the new Perspectives section of the Minnesota HealthBasics website, we will share some of the ideas we’ve heard, some interesting perspectives from Minnesota leaders and we also hope you’ll share your ideas with us.

Over the next couple of months, we will share short, thoughtful articles that will tackle some of the major issues in our health care system. Some articles you may agree with and others you may disagree with, but hopefully you’ll be talking about them with the people in your life.

We encourage you to join the conversation and share your thoughts here in the comment section and on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve got more to say and would like to submit your own article, please email mnhealthbasics@gmail.com

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    • Perspectives
    • July 24th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Nursing homes driving rising costs of Medicaid

      One of the most significant sticking points in the health care debate is the growing cost of Medicaid. The cost of expanding Mediciad is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings, according to Kaiser Health News. With more than 70 million people enrolled, the Congressional Budget Office projects federal […]

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    • July 17th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      How the Minneapolis measles outbreak happened

      Imagine taking your young, healthy son in for a routine vaccination, then receiving a diagnosis of autism only a few months later. That’s what happened to Minneapolis resident Abdinasir Fidow and his son, according to a report broadcast recently on HBO. Despite all scientific evidence to the contrary, Fidow believes the measles, mumps, and rubella […]

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    • July 10th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Minnesota Health Care Professionals React to AHCA and BCRA

      Congress is back in session this week with a long to-do list to tackle. One of the most talked about items on that list is health care reform. After the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate responded in late June with the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The […]

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    • June 26th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Mental Health Care in Greater Minnesota: Solutions & Recommendations

      The past few weeks, we’ve shared the problems and challenges facing mental health care providers in Greater Minnesota. Today, we look at the solutions and recommendations laid out by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. Catch up on part one and part two. Mental health services in Greater Minnesota Limited resources are putting growing pressure […]

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    • June 19th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      The rural conundrum: An unsustainable business model

      Last week, we shared and introduction of the Center for Rural Policy and Development’s research on mental health care in Greater Minnesota. We continue this week with a look at the specific challenges that must be faced to improve care: Mental health services in Greater Minnesota Limited resources are putting growing pressure on rural communities […]

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    • June 12th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Mental health services in Greater Minnesota

      Minnesota has one of the best health care systems in the nation. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. For example, Minnesotans in Greater Minnesota who face challenges like a shortage of health care providers and long wait times for appointments likely have a different perspective Minnesota’s two-tier status than those in […]

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    • June 5th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Health plans hesitant to cover experimental treatments

      When hope starts to wane and standard treatments aren’t effective, many Americans with chronic or life-threatening illnesses look to experimental treatment options for a return to health. Clinical trials offer patients a way to try the newest treatment, while researchers collect information about its effectiveness. Researchers are cautious and trials are conducted with the safety […]

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    • May 22nd   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Two policy veterans offer insights, hope

      A recent forum brought together two of Minnesota’s best-known and most-respected former politicians to talk about the state of politics, public policy and why it is so hard for today’s policymakers to find common ground. The discussion between former Vice President Walter Mondale and retired U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger didn’t dive into specific policy proposals, […]

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    • May 15th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      What Iowa can learn from Minnesota

      Iowa made national news recently as one of the first states to face the prospect that its 72,000 residents in the individual healthcare market may have no insurance companies to choose from next year. Experts say other states could soon follow. The state’s two largest health insurers offering individual coverage announced last month that they […]

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    • May 8th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Q&A: Preexisting Conditions

      The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 4 to reform the U.S. health system by replacing many of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). One of the key changes – and one of the most controversial – affects the Obamacare promise that anyone can get health insurance regardless of any preexisting health […]

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