Healthcare Debates

These healthcare debates cover the most contested issues in healthcare policy and administration. They present an even-handed examination of both sides of the most pressing arguments within the U.S. healthcare system, including whether healthcare is a right or privilege and a comparison of single-payer vs. multi-payer systems, among other considerations.

November 3, 2020

Healthcare Debates: Which Countries Have Free Healthcare? Does It Work?

Affordable healthcare is largely made possible through taxes and systems that nourish the availability of their services through intentional policy. While many countries with free and universal systems do mitigate and minimize costs, even the most efficient systems require patients to share the cost of services, supplies, or devices through out-of-pocket payments.

September 9, 2020

Switching to Value-Based Healthcare from Fee-for-Service

Both Medicare and private insurers have begun to adopt value-based models and providers, along with a fleet of healthcare administrators, have had to rethink how they can conform to the new system while meeting budgetary limitations.

July 10, 2020

Healthcare Debates: Does Costly US Healthcare Fund R&D and Medical Research?

This article explores research and development in the context of greater healthcare expenditures, including looking into the main drivers of healthcare spending, influences on pricing, and where R&D fits into the whole ecosystem.

April 22, 2020

Healthcare Debates: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence is active in healthcare already, and it needs processes, frameworks, and organizational cultures that put patients first. That requires the collaboration of IT developers, healthcare leaders, AI researchers, and governmental entities. For healthcare administrators in particular, it is increasingly important to be bilingual, speaking the languages of AI and healthcare fluently.

October 25, 2019

The Importance of Integrated Behavioral Health

Integrated behavioral healthcare creates effective provider relationships across disciplines and practices in order to provide care that acknowledges the whole patient, the context in which they exist, and the interconnection between the systems in the body.

August 19, 2019

Healthcare Debates: Single-Payer vs. Multi-Payer

According to February 2019 poll, over 70 percent of Americans want some form of universal healthcare, but the way such a plan would be enacted remains divisive. The main conflicts center around cost, care, and complexity.

June 27, 2019

Healthcare Debates: Is Healthcare a Right or Privilege?

Where someone stands on this debate comes down to how they see rights, the role they believe government has in enforcing these rights, whether or not they believe healthcare is something every individual deserves, and whether they believe we are connected or separate.

March 25, 2019

Healthcare Debates: Death with Dignity

The idea behind medical aid in dying is that instead of allowing a disease to dictate the conditions of one's final moments in this life, the person can die on their own terms, with their dignity intact, and often at home.