Local Health Buzz

What is Socialized Medicine?

By Senator Chris Steineger

Socialized medicine is:

Socialized medicine is where the government collects taxes from everyone, then gives out some sort of health care benefit.

Socialized medicine is where the government owns & operates the payer system that pays the bills.

Socialized medicine is where the government owns & operates the hospitals.

Socialized medicine is where the Doctors, nurses, orderlies and other health workers are all government employees.


They Tax Cigarettes Don't They?

By Babs Albon, MS

Our current healthcare insurance is a mess. With unemployment rising, the number of people without insurance will rise to over 30% of the adult population under 65. As the population ages, and people get sick due to no preventative health care in place, more and more people will die due to lack of care.


The Difficulties of Health Care Reform

By Senator Chris Steineger

Health care reform in the U.S. is difficult because we have assembled the most complicated, convoluted, inefficient, un-systemic health care "non-system" of the industrialized nations. The two biggest cost drivers are: the American lifestyle of too much food and not enough exercise, and the payer "system". Changing these two factors are "extremely difficult" and "difficult".


Missouri Budget Leaves Out Coverage for Kids - But There's Still Hope

By Jeremy LaFaver, Partnership for Children

A few weeks ago I wrote that it appeared the budget being developed in the Missouri Senate was promising. While true in many instances (like the addition of funding for 35,000 low-income parents), the Senate has rejected any changes to the current children’s health insurance program (CHIP).


Mental Health Crisis and Jails

By Jeffrey Fewell

Witnessing the increasing numbers of mental health patients in our county jails is a huge concern. In any given month at the Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center, we:

-admit 1280 inmates

-process 320 sick calls

-conduct 90 physicals

-conduct 650 mental health assessments

-issue medication to 270 inmates

-issue over 100 psychotropic medications

-care of 2 HIV infected inmates


Integrating MAST is the Right Choice for Kansas City

By Jan Marcason

In an effort to ensure the highest quality care, the City Council designated a committee comprised of medical professionals, financial officers of the city, and union representatives to study the city’s ambulance system. The issues considered by the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee were patient care and governance.

We are fortunate that the current EMS system in Kansas City provides excellent patient care. If that were the only consideration, there would be no compelling reason to change the current system.


Senate to the Rescue?

By Jeremy LaFaver, Partnership for Children

HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.



About Bridget's Blog

Bridget McCandless

Bridget McCandless, MD, MBA, FACP, HCF President/CEO

Bridget McCandless is the President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist with an interest in chronic disease management and poverty medicine. She shares her thoughts and perspectives on health and policy issues that impact the health of the community as a whole.

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