Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Goodbye, doctor's office. Hello, Walmart? Based on Walmart's latest moves, it's not as unlikely as it sounds. After years of "Will they or won't they?" discussion, Walmart is making its long-awaited move into delivering primary care: The retailer has quietly opened a half-dozen primary care clinics across South Carolina and Texas, and plans to launch six more before January. The clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners, in a partnership with QuadMed. Walmart watchers know that the company already has more than 100 "retail clinics" across its stores, a strategy it's pursued for years. So why fuss over a handful of new clinics? Because unlike those retail clinics — which Walmart hosts through leases with local hospitals, resulting in mixed success — these new clinics are fully owned by the company and branded explicitly as one-stop shops for primary care. Because the clinics will be open longer and later … [Read more...] about Health Care For $4: Are You Ready For Walmart To Be Your Doctor?
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In September 2009, Terry Jones wrote in Investor's Business Daily that the United States was barreling toward catastrophe: Nearly half the nation's physicians were on the verge of hanging up their stethoscopes. "Four of nine doctors, or 45%, said they 'would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement' if Congress passes the plan the Democratic majority and White House have in mind," Jones warned . "Projecting the poll's finding … 360,000 doctors would consider quitting." Well, Congress did pass that plan six months later. (You might have heard: It's called the Affordable Care Act.) But our doctors didn't go away. In fact, rather than lose 360,000 physicians, the nation's gained nearly 100,000 practicing doctors in the past six years. Time and again, surveys have predicted that physicians' anger over Obamacare, over regulations, over declining reimbursement is driving them out of the … [Read more...] about Why Doctors Really Quit
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When most people think about disability, they mainly focus on physical conditions: blindness, deafness, amputation, amongst others. These are what those in the disability community call visible disabilities; you can literally see, for example, that someone is a wheelchair user. Likewise, there are intellectual disabilities—autism being perhaps the most well known—that are invisible. You generally can’t identify an autistic person from a distance. The differentiation is important because it shows disability can take many forms, and that able-bodied people should not be so hasty in mislabeling something—and someone—they honestly know nothing about. So it goes with other types of medical conditions, like chronic pain. To use one example, migraines are a type of chronic pain that is as disabling (and debilitating) as any physical disability. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), chronic … [Read more...] about Telehealth Startup Lin Health Sees Chronic Pain As A Disability—And They Make Treating It Accessible
Not all apologies are welcome; some can leave a situation worse than it was to begin with. (Illustration by Suneesh K.) Note to readers: Healing Space is a weekly series that helps you dive into your mental health and take charge of your wellbeing through practical DIY self-care methods. When actor Siddharth apologised to Saina Nehwal this week, he put out a letter that he probably thought was pretty generous and well-worded. It didn’t go down well and was met with considerable opposition from several quarters, some ideological and others just offended at the apology itself. All apologies aren’t welcome and they can leave a situation worse than it was to begin with. We have become a society where apologies are issued as tokens, statements by people who have not bothered to gauge the damage they inflict, to counter cancel culture, or to just retain their jobs, image, and appear to be doing the right thing. Apologies are not a virtue. They need to make reparations … [Read more...] about Healing Space | Let’s stop making fake apologies
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin "It's not a matter of if, but when and where the next mass shooting will happen," Mother Jones editor Mark Follman wrote — eight months ago. He could've been writing on Wednesday night. Nine people were shot and killed in Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel AME Church. They had met at church for bible study. Their killer appears to have walked in off the street. "Tragedy" doesn't do it justice. While a suspect is in custody , we still don't know key details about the shooting, which police are calling a hate crime. But we do know that it's emblematic of a deeper problem plaguing America. The frequency of mass shootings has skyrocketed — and no one has been able to stop it. It's important to be clear here. Yes, mass shootings remain exceedingly rare compared to overall firearm deaths. (About 34,000 people died from being shot in 2013, versus 40-odd people killed in mass shootings.) But mass … [Read more...] about Mass Shootings Are Rising. Here’s How To Stop Them.
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (AFP) LOS ANGELES – Prince Harry moved his wife and son to California to break a family cycle of “pain and suffering” after realizing his father Prince Charles “treated me the way he was treated,” he said in an interview released Thursday. The remarks comes in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s explosive television interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they raised allegations of racism in the royal family, and said Charles had cut them off financially. Harry told “Armchair Expert” podcast host Dax Shephard that while he did not blame his father, he had resolved to avoid making the same mistakes with his own children. “When it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure that I break that cycle,” said Harry. “There’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. And as parents we should be … [Read more...] about Prince Harry says he moved to US to ‘break cycle’ of family ‘pain and suffering’
A young businessman walking on buildings portrays the concept of success. Viroj Charoentra Tips on how to get rich and succeed in business, if not in life itself, are rife in Thai social media, such advice having already occupied bestseller lists in local bookstores for years. The advice is often presented in the form of a CEO biography, or perhaps musings by a "life-inspiration coach". Much of it deals with changing one's habits. There are also techniques to win big at stock-market and cryptocurrency trading. Often included are ways to imitate wealthy people, in the understanding that if we act like them we will become one of them. And the list goes on. You may be surprised that the Thai translation of 1997's mega-hit book Rich Dad Poor Dad has been a bestseller at online bookshops for more than a decade. The "how to get rich and be successful at everything" ethos has long influenced media narratives as well as entertainment storylines in Thai society. This is odd, … [Read more...] about New narrative needed on getting rich
McDonald's Corp. chief executive Chris Kempczinski is starting the year at the helm of one of the world's most recognizable restaurant brands battling the latest coronavirus variant, rising inflation and workforce shortages. Longer term, he is trying to figure out how to maintain growth at a company whose products feel outdated to many young consumers as they increasingly gravitate toward distinctive dining experiences rather than mass-produced cheeseburgers or drip coffee. Covid-19's global spread has upended business for McDonald's, and for 53-year-old Mr. Kempczinski, who started as CEO two years ago, just months before the pandemic emerged in the U.S. McDonald's franchisees can't recruit enough staff to keep many U.S. restaurants open full-time, particularly at night. Costs are going up, and the company and its franchisees are assessing how to raise menu prices without scaring off customers, he said. Now, the Omicron variant is driving infections to record levels in the … [Read more...] about McDonald’s CEO Confronts a Supersized Challenge
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin You already hate Martin Shkreli, the bratty former hedge fund manager who raised the price on a drug to treat infections in AIDS patients by 5,000%. Now it’s time to get to know him. I’m not saying you should get to know Shkreli because you’ll like him in the end. You might hate him more. He is very smart, but also callow and possibly sociopathic. (He prefers "iconoclast.") Yet much of what has been written about him this past week is unrecognizable. He’s not a bro or some big time executive but a small player with tons of bluster who took Wall Street’s ideas about drug pricing to their frightening extreme. He became a target for derision not because of what he did but because he was so cartoonishly easy to parody, essentially fouling the cover-up. Other companies have jacked up prices just as much as his firm, Turing, with no consequences other than soaring stock prices. Hillary Clinton’s reforms? It’s unlikely they’d make a … [Read more...] about My Lunch With Shkreli: What We Should Learn From Pharma’s Latest Monster
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Martin Shkreli hasn't changed. If anything, the provocative pharmaceutical CEO — who became " the most hated man in America " earlier this year — thinks he didn’t go far enough when he hiked the price of Daraprim by more than 5,000% overnight. "I would have raised prices higher," Shkreli vowed on Thursday, after being asked how he would re-do the past three months. "That's my duty." Gallery: The Worst CEO Screw-Ups Of 2015 10 images View gallery Shkreli spoke at the Forbes Healthcare Summit during a 25-minute interview that was at turns fascinating, horrifying, and utterly compelling. Martin Shkreli speaks at the Forbes Healthcare Summit (Photo by Glen Davis) In rapid succession, Shkreli explained why he'd abandoned his previous pledge to cut the price of Daraprim, claimed that companies were still "begging" for his business, and argued that he was being … [Read more...] about Martin Shkreli Admits He Messed Up: He Should’ve Raised Prices Even Higher