A hotspot for health care

Contours of a booming industry: The health tourism market is booming in Turkey with the number of medical tourists travelling there for plastic surgery, hair transplants, nose surgeries and organ transplants doubling in the past two years. Clients, predominantly from Arab and European countries, often come in tour groups. Turkey’s Health Ministry is looking to boost the numbers of medical tourists to two million and eyeing a revenue target of $20 billion by 2023 by introducing tax-free health-care zones targeted at foreign patients. Picture shows a patient being prepared for…

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The confused future of health care

With a new administration in Washington, it’s widely accepted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, isn’t likely to survive in its current form. But nobody seems to know whether it will be replaced or repealed, or what shape health care coverage will take in the future. The experts who met for a Kennedy Schoolpanel on the subject Monday evening didn’t presume to answer those questions, but they did pinpoint the crucial issues for the transition. While they disagreed on possible replacements, they agreed that any solution…

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Taking Care: Health charter goes beyond patient-doctor to whole world

– When updating the Catholic Church’s medical and bioethical charter, experts decided it wasn’t enough to aim the guidelines at health care professionals. The entire “ecosystem” encompassing medical workers, patients, the sick and vulnerable had to be addressed, said the head of the drafting committee. Everything in the system — laws, social policies, economic situations, war, injustice, drug and insurance companies, social and family networks and the environment — can have an impact on people’s right to life and access to basic healthcare, said Camillian Father Augusto Chendi, undersecretary delegate…

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How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

When an aircraft manufacturer decides to create a new model, it doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, and then put all the pieces together. A plane developed that way wouldn’t fly. The company begins with a goal, such as safely carrying 250 passengers nonstop from New York to London in under six hours, and follows a disciplined approach to identify the components and subsystems that meet those requirements. By contrast, the way we build hospitals and clinics typically happens in…

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Millennials, We Need Your Help To Fix Health Care

Seventy-five years ago, America and the free world faced an existential threat from the Axis powers—and the so-called “greatest generation” responded. There’s no doubt that people who were 18 to 35 years old in 1942 paid the heaviest price earning their place in the pantheon of history. I believe, today, our country faces a challenge of that magnitude. If one takes a sober look at collateral damage from an extremely expensive and dysfunctional health care system, both to doctors and patients, I believe that we have gone to war for…

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act would endanger Americans’ health

Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan measure revolutionizing biomedicine in the United States that I co-authored: the 21st Century Cures Act. While writing that bill with Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, I learned what this country’s researchers, heath care providers, patients and private-sector stakeholders needed to modernize the federal approach to biomedicine — changes that will lead to better, faster treatment and cures. When the bill was signed into law, it was praised — including by this paper— for demonstrating that Congress can get big, important…

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Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

THE final deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act is on Tuesday. But with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the law’s future, should consumers bother to shop for coverage? Yes, say policy experts and consumer advocates. Health plans — and subsidies to help low-income consumers pay for premiums — are in place for this year. Healthcare.gov and the state-based insurance marketplaces are open for business, for consumers who do not have job-based coverage and are seeking individual policies. “They absolutely should sign up,”…

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President Donald Trump’s first executive order called a “bomb” by one health care expert

Donald Trump’s first order of business as president was to sign an executive order instructing federal agencies to relieve the “burdens” of the Affordable Care Act. The vague language of the action left many wondering what implications this has for consumers, doctors, hospitals and insurers. The primary purpose of the order appeared to be the elimination of the insurance mandate: This provision of the ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The mandate was written into the law, however, so an executive order cannot exactly repeal that provision. But…

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Donald Trump Just Derailed California’s Boldest Health Care Plan

A California lawmaker is calling the state’s recent decision to nix a proposal that would provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants under Obamacare “the first California casualty of the Trump presidency,” the Sacramento Bee reports. The Golden State has been pursuing a controversial federal government waiver that would open up health coverage to as many as 390,000 undocumented adults in California. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to that effect last summer. Click here to subscribe to Brainstorm Health Daily, our brand new newsletter about health innovations. But final…

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