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Statistics: Ignoring mental health infrastructure will be a costly mistake

President Biden’s ambitious infrastructure plan has a glaring loophole: it makes no effort to correct the dire reality that the United States has the worst mental health infrastructure of any developed world. People with mental illness, their families and society as a whole suffer from the tragic consequences of four decades of mental health defunding and privatization: 90% of psychiatric beds have been closed; the once wonderful system of publicly funded community-owned psychiatric centers has been gutted; There are almost no crisis response teams; and the available pool of affordable housing only covers a fraction of the need. (Allen Frances, 7/9)

The New York Times: Prohibiting abortion does not protect women’s health

In his upcoming term, the United States Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of a Mississippi anti-abortion law that criminalizes abortion after 15 weeks of gestation. Already in Mississippi there is only one abortion clinic for the entire state. This new law, one of the most restrictive measures to date against abortion, does not provide for exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Many see this as the greatest threat to Roe v. Wade, who was ever apprehended by the Supreme Court. You are not wrong. (Michelle Goodwin, 7/9)

The Washington Post: Home Health Care is part of the infrastructure package. We all pay for it anyway

When Tanja Lee’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, the North Carolina woman shut down childcare to take care of her. Now a full-time homemaker, Lee currently cares for an Alzheimer’s patient for $ 8.50 an hour. That is not enough money, she says – and a similar wage is not enough for millions of other caretakers in this country. “This job is not an easy job and we are important workers,” Lee told me. “We have to do something.” Lee will be leaving her home in east North Carolina next Tuesday and heading to DC to attend a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) day of action. The SEIU-sponsored rallies and marches in cities across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, are designed to keep up pressure on Congress to support President Biden’s $ 400 billion investment in the American Jobs Plan Medicaid’s home health care to incorporate forthcoming Budget Voting Act. The money would increase both the number of janitorial jobs and the wages workers get for them. “Nursing care can’t wait,” SEIU boss Mary Kay Henry told me. (Helaine Olen, 7/7)

Bloomberg: FDA restriction of biogenic Alzheimer’s drug raises questions

The Food and Drug Administration is already restricting one of the most controversial drug approvals in its 115-year history. The drug is Biogen Inc.’s Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, which received approval last month despite mixed evidence and expert objections. The agency initially approved the drug for most Alzheimer’s patients, although it has only been studied in patients with mild disease. The decision risked expensive treatment for millions of additional patients with no evidence of benefit or safety. On Thursday, the FDA changed its prescribing guidelines to suggest using the drug only in the smaller group in which it was being studied. The initial approval was so inexplicably broad that investors reacted positively to the restriction: Biogen shares climbed up to 4% on Thursday. (Max Nisen, 7/8)

Houston Chronicle: Making Telemedicine Lasting? Tech should also allow for more personal support.

The use of technology has promised to transform most jobs. This change has been greatly accelerated by COVID in healthcare through the use of telemedicine. The American Medical Association has predicted that post-COVID telemedicine will shift $ 250 billion, or about 20 percent of what Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers spend on outpatient, office, and home visits. In this bright future, doctors sit in their practices, patients at home and … that’s it! (Arthur Garson Jr., 7/9)

Los Angeles Times: Holding Public Members Accountable for the California Medical Board

It has become a commonplace at the quarterly meetings of the California Medical Board, the 15-person body that oversees doctors and other health professionals, with witnesses telling heartbreaking stories of loved ones who have been mutilated or killed by routine medical intervention, and then blow the board for the doctor in charge to impose little or no penalty. Even the board admits that the public has lost a lot of confidence in their ability to protect consumers from bad doctors. (7/6)

Modern Healthcare: Defining communities properly is paramount to protecting them

Now that President Biden’s goal of 70% of adults in the US to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4th has not been met, it is clear that more work needs to be done. Although much progress has been made since the introduction of COVID vaccinations, there are still communities across the country where protection does not go as deep as we need it to be. How we define community is important. If we want to achieve 70%, we have to think about how we can achieve it together. (Dr. Oxiris Barbot, 7/8)

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