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The Medicalization of Social Problems

On February 22, 2024, Reuters published an article reporting that the widespread use of weight loss drugs could boost the US economy by up to 1% in the coming years, potentially adding 100 billion dollars by the end of the decade. This projection is astonishing not just for the enormous dollar amount but also for its implications for the medical profession and the healthcare industry.

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The Waves of Healthcare Reform: A Call for Smart Communities 

The current landscape of healthcare is undergoing significant changes driven by innovation and redesign efforts. Key players, including digital technology utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI), are reshaping how care is delivered. Major corporations like Walmart, Boeing, and Amazon are directly contracting with health systems to manage employee health benefits, aiming to reduce costs.

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Primum Non Nocere

Prmum non nocere- a Latin phrase meaning “first do no harm” is a precept that is taught in medical school and is believed to have originated from the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates. He is recorded as having said “The physician must … have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm”.

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Value Based Care begs the question “What Do Patients Value”?

United States has the highest healthcare expenditure than any other nation on earth. Although we pay twice as much per capita, use more diagnostic tests than other industrialized nations, pay more to doctors, more to pharmaceuticals and spend up to 8% of our total healthcare expenditure on healthcare administration…

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Patient Engagement: what is it, why is it important?

First let us say what patient engagement is not. Patient engagement is not the pejorative phrase sometimes used in healthcare “patient compliance”, nor is it, its better phrased term “patient adherence” . Patient engagement is the process whereby patients are actively working with their health care providers to improve their health outcome.

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