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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    • August 8th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Here’s what Minnesotans want to hear from candidates this fall…

      Most Minnesotans believe the money they spend on health care – including their direct expenses and the taxes they pay to support government health programs — provides good value. By a 55 percent-35 percent margin, Minnesotans said they receive good or some value for what they spend on insurance premiums, other health costs and tax […]

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    • August 1st   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Comparing platforms: health care

      The national conventions wrapped up last week, nominating their candidates for president and vice president and endorsing their issue platforms. It can be confusing trying to decipher campaign rhetoric from actual beliefs and ideals so HealthBasics took a look at each party’s newly adopted platform to compare their views on health policy. Here’s what we […]

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    • July 18th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      The Price of Miracles

      (Editor’s note: Minnesota voters will go to the polls Nov. 8 to elect all 201 state legislators. Health policy will be a much discussed issue on the campaign trail. HealthBasics asked experts from a variety of fields to identify some of the most critical health issues legislators will face when they take office in 2017. […]

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    • July 11th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Introduction to Critical Issues series

      This year is shaping up to be a monumental election season and while all eyes are on the White House, it’s also a critical election year here in Minnesota. All 201 Minnesota legislative seats are up for election, creating the potential for some big changes in our state. As the marathon season draws on, we’ll […]

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    • June 27th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      The Metro/Rural Health Divide

      Earlier this year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the seventh annual health rankings report, which highlighted a stark urban-rural divide. Earlier this week, students at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus presented research to better understand the challenges and successes of health care in […]

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    • June 20th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Death may be certain, but the bill is negotiable

      A new analysis by Arcadia Healthcare Solutions found that hospital deaths are more expensive and intrusive than deaths at home, in hospice care or even in nursing homes. The analysis confirms what many doctors and policymakers already suspected: People who die in the hospitals undergo more intense tests and procedure than those who die anywhere […]

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    • June 13th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Calories cost us our health and our budget

      When it comes to dining out, most people know that fast food isn’t doing any favors for your waistline. But what about the increasingly popular and seemingly healthier fast casual restaurants? Turns out they pack more calories per entrée than fast food. Walk into a fast food restaurant and you can expect an average of […]

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    • June 6th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Are we all getting sicker?

      You’ve probably seen the commercials for drugs that treat diseases like “low-T,” overactive bladder disorder, restless leg syndrome or binge-eating disorder. The drugs promise prescription cures to what seem like common and relatively moderate issues that often just come with having a body. Have you ever wondered if people really need treatment for all these […]

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    • May 31st   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Is Getting Cancer Random?

      You may have seen a study last year that made its way across traditional and social media about cancer risk. The study claimed that random chance – the total number of random mutations in a body tissue undergoes within its lifetime – was strongly correlated with lifetime cancer risk. This finding led many to conclude […]

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