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 email@example.com
During the 2016 election season, HealthBasics asked Minnesota experts to identify some of the critical health issues facing the state. One issue that came up time and again was mental health care. Sheila Kiscaden, an Olmsted County commissioner and a former state senator, put it this way: “Minnesota’s mental and behavioral health services are in […]
“Diseases of despair” – health conditions some experts tie to the hopelessness that can accompany economic distress – are on the rise in Minnesota. The three leading diseases in the category are alcohol, prescription drug and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis of the liver. “The alarm is growing louder year after year […]
Four years ago, ACT on Alzheimer’s, a voluntary Minnesota collaboration of more than 60 partner organizations, commissioned a study to evaluate potential cost-savings that could come from programs to support the caregivers and families of dementia patients. The issue isn’t just academic. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will […]
“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” The quote – attributed to Winston Churchill – describes the evolution of the U.S. health system as well as any explanation. The way in which health care is delivered and financed in the U.S. has grown in fits […]
The health reform debate in Washington often is characterized by two points on the political spectrum: Many conservatives want to repeal Obamacare, shifting more responsibility to states and individuals. Proponents argue that a market-based health system would reduce costs through competition among insurers and fewer regulations. Lower costs would make it possible for more people […]
Ten years ago, Minnesota took a major step in protecting people from secondhand tobacco smoke. The Freedom to Breathe Act was implemented Oct. 1, 2007, making all Minnesota hospitality venues smoke-free. The law built on Minnesota’s first-in-the-nation Clean Indoor Air Act, a 1975 law that prohibited smoking in most public places. Bars and restaurants, however, […]
Health Debate Obscures Cost of Medical Care Debates over health reform in Washington often obscure two critical issues: First, the rate of increase in Medicaid spending is projected at 5.9 percent per year between 2018 and 2025, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While Democrats and Republicans disagree on how […]
The opioid epidemic is growing more rapidly than many had predicted, and expanding in ways that might be a surprise to the health community, policy makers and others. “Between 2005 and 2014 (the most recent year for which state-by-state data are available) there was a dramatic increase nationally in hospitalizations involving opioids: the rate of […]
When the Mayo clinic announced plans to consolidate some services at its Austin and Albert Lea campuses in June, many in Albert Lea understandably panicked that they would now have to drive 22 miles east for important medical needs. The city’s former Naeve Hospital has been part of Mayo’s network since the 1990s and Albert […]
A unanimous jury decision recently awarded $20 million to the family of a Minnesota woman who died after giving birth. Plaintiff attorneys are calling the judgment the largest wrongful death malpractice verdict in the state’s history. The case is raising longstanding questions about the fairness and cost of malpractice lawsuits. Limiting malpractice damages long has […]