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
    • May 16th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      What do candidates mean when they say (Part 2)…

      Is the United States ready for a government-run, single-payer health care system? Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders believes so and many voters seem to be listening. Can a government-run system accomplish all that Sen. Sanders and other single-payer advocates promise? It’s a question worth exploring. (In an earlier Perspectives column, HealthBasics took a look at […]

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    • May 2nd   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Community support for caregivers lightens the load

      As anyone who has loved someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia knows, the effects of the disease are widespread. Once the disease strikes, friends and family often step up as caretakers, working tirelessly to keep their loved one happy often at the expense of their own emotional and financial wellbeing. In Minnesota alone, […]

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    • April 25th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Simpler language for better care

      By Kate Johansen Our health care system can be complicated and confusing — Often, the language of health care is the same way. Most U.S. adults have trouble understanding and using health information. By one estimate, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health information. But, when people receive health information that […]

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    • April 18th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Beyond the headlines: Does your income impact your life expectancy?

      You may have seen recent headlines that link income to life expectancy. A recent Star Tribune article titled “The more money you make, the longer you live, study finds” reported the results from a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) that “reveals just how many more years money can buy.” According to the article, the top 1 percent […]

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    • April 4th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Healthy Lifestyles Can Improve Health AND Control Costs

      Earlier this year, the Minnesota Department of Health published the findings of a study showing care for patients with at least one chronic condition accounted for 83 percent of all medical care spending in the state in 2012. The study mirrors national studies that show 80 percent or more of all health spending is consumed […]

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    • Perspectives
    • March 28th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Prescription Drug Spending Jumps 5 Percent

      An earlier Perspectives article  offered some thoughts on solutions to the growing cost of prescription drugs. A new report from Express Scripts Holding Co. gives greater urgency to the discussion. Spending on prescription drugs rose about 5 percent last year for Americans with health insurance, according to the annual report that tracks prescription cost trends. […]

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    • March 14th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Economy, Jobs Tops Health Policy As Most Important Issue Among Most Voters

      Americans see the economy/jobs as the top issue in the presidential primary campaigns, according to a February survey by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Among Democrats, Republicans and independents, the economy/jobs is the most important issue. The presidential candidates themselves – their characteristics and positions on issues – is the second most important issue among […]

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    • March 6th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      What do candidates mean when they say…

      The jargon and complexity of health policy and the need for candidates to reduce complicated issues to newsworthy soundbites sometimes make it hard to assess the health reform proposals being offered in the presidential campaigns. From time-to-time, HealthBasics will look at what candidates are saying and provide some background on the issues being raised. This […]

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