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
    • 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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    • May 1st   |   PERSPECTIVES

      How Medicaid Enrollees Fare

      With health care reform still up for debate, some policymakers continue to question whether Medicaid coverage actually improves access to care, quality of care, or financial protection. As the number of Americans insured by Medicaid climbs to over 70 million, including an estimated 12 million who gained access through the Affordable Care Act, it’s a claim worth examining. […]

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    • April 24th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      States expanding role of dental therapists

      In an effort to expand access and cut costs to dental care, especially in low-income and rural areas, the 2009 Minnesota legislature allowed the licensing of dental therapists. Minnesota was the first state in the nation to allow the licensing, and eight years later, the experiment seems to be working. Dental therapists are similar to […]

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    • April 17th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Need a doctor? Order an Uber

      The evolution of Uber and other ridesharing services have completely reimagined how we get from one point to another. But the tech giant is starting to reach into other areas of our lives–syncing music through Spotify, picking up your dinner or groceries and for some, providing health care services. When faced with a recent medical […]

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