Posts Tagged: physician

Opinion

Mental illness: Treating patients as individuals

Close to 1.2 million adults in California live with serious mental illnesses. Each one of these cases is an individual—a parent or sibling or child—and no two people battling the same condition respond to the same treatment alike. Treating mental conditions—and in fact, treating all illnesses—has to be based on the fact that every person is unique and each patient requires therapies that suit him or her best.

News

The paramedic will see you now

A day in the life of a typical paramedic is nothing like that of a primary care provider. Though both are central to the healthcare system, a paramedic performs in a high-stress environment that focuses exclusively on providing emergency medical services, while a primary care physician is more focused on a patient’s long term needs.

Opinion

‘Step therapy’ a prescription for failure

Many Californians face restricted access to health care due to dangerous and expensive health insurer policies that prevent patients from getting timely and effective treatments.

Some California health insurers have implemented draconian restrictions in the name of cost containment that place them squarely in the middle of the physician-patient relationship.

One such barrier is a

Opinion

Addressing the primary care shortage

In the debate surrounding our state’s primary care shortage, proposed solutions abound, yet the root problem remains clear: millions of presently uninsured Californians will be covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) starting in 2014. Yet in order for the coverage to succeed, patients must have convenient and timely access to health care services and

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