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Why aren't we producing the doctors America needs?

Why aren't we producing the doctors America needs?

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Medical schools and sponsoring institutions have for too long been allowed to continue being self-serving, with the biggest institutions being entirely pitiful in terms of producing the doctors America needs. Immediate, far-reaching, large-scale change is needed — where the biggest training programs see themselves in the business of producing primary care doctors for underserved people.

Altman: Pitfalls loom for media coverage of health reform law

Altman: Pitfalls loom for media coverage of health reform law

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It’s better to be right than to be first. But getting the story “right” about the Affordable Care Act will be nearly as difficult as implementation of the law itself.

When Government Worked for Kansas: A history in three parts

When Government Worked for Kansas: A history in three parts

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For many generations, Kansans were governed by experienced, educated and thoughtful people who realized the great difference that government had made in their lives. They had come through a civil war, a panic, a great depression and two world wars. They saw the need for a government—it could not go away. Series by John Marshall, a reporter on Kansas government for more than 40 years.

Medicaid expansion supporters stage Statehouse rally

0 | May. 30, 2014 | Legislature, Letters

Kansas is among 19 states that have rejected expansion of coverage to more low-income adults.

KNI staff workers commended

0 | Feb. 25, 2014 | Letters

On Feb 4, 2014, the Topeka Capitol Journal estimated 13 inches of snow fell on Topeka, closing state and legislative offices. Many businesses were closed due to treacherous conditions. Not all Kansas employees, however, stayed home.

The high cost of U.S. health care: Profit

0 | Jul. 30, 2013 | Commentary

The New York Times recently ran a major investigation that is a damning article about the U.S. health care system. The article — called “The $2.7 Trillion medical bill: Colonoscopies explain why the U.S. leads the world in health expenditures.” — says a lot about why our costs are much higher than those in other countries, yet our outcomes are often worse.

Why aren't we producing the doctors America needs?

0 | Jul. 09, 2013 | Commentary

Medical schools and sponsoring institutions have for too long been allowed to continue being self-serving, with the biggest institutions being entirely pitiful in terms of producing the doctors America needs. Immediate, far-reaching, large-scale change is needed — where the biggest training programs see themselves in the business of producing primary care doctors for underserved people.

Cotsoradis: Who will stand up for Kansas children?

0 | Jun. 11, 2013 | Commentary

After the 2012 election, we lost a number of champions for children in the Statehouse. As the 2013 session came to a close, I was left wondering: Who will stand up for Kansas children?

Altman: Pitfalls loom for media coverage of health reform law

0 | Jun. 05, 2013 | Commentary

It’s better to be right than to be first. But getting the story “right” about the Affordable Care Act will be nearly as difficult as implementation of the law itself.

Sebelius: Good news on innovation and health care

0 | May. 29, 2013 | Commentary

A recent New York Times column, "Obamacare’s Other Surprise," by Thomas L. Friedman echoes what we’ve been hearing from health care providers and innovators: Data that support medical decision-making and collaboration, dovetailing with new tools in the Affordable Care Act, are spurring the innovation necessary to deliver improved health care for more people at affordable prices.

A New Confederacy

2 | May. 18, 2013 | Commentary

Over the five decades leading to a new millennium, state government in Kansas had assumed a rhythm of reform and advancement. Today it thrums with the drone of demolition.

The ’80s, Carlin’s Legacy and Beyond

0 | May. 17, 2013 | Commentary

The 1980s and 1990s were the last decades of significant and compelling reform in Kansas. The legislative agenda seemed dominated by Democrat Gov. John Carlin but he could not have seen through reforms without help from Republicans and their leaders.

When Government Worked for Kansas: A history in three parts

0 | May. 16, 2013 | Commentary

For many generations, Kansans were governed by experienced, educated and thoughtful people who realized the great difference that government had made in their lives. They had come through a civil war, a panic, a great depression and two world wars. They saw the need for a government—it could not go away. Series by John Marshall, a reporter on Kansas government for more than 40 years.

Medicaid and commercial insurance: A tale of two markets

0 | May. 07, 2013 | Commentary

Shortly after the ACA was enacted, there was a great deal of talk about how states could leverage their joint purchasing power in an expanded Medicaid program and a robust health insurance exchange to drive improvements in health care delivery, yielding better value. Somehow this notion has been lost in the intervening years — it's time to restart the conversation.

Praeger: World of health insurance is about to change

0 | May. 01, 2013 | Commentary

In five months, the world of health insurance in Kansas will change. For some of you, that will be maddening. For other Kansans, it will be welcome relief. They have suffered through the worries of being uninsured during the past recession years, and they will now have a method of providing insured health care for themselves and their families.

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