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Skyrocketing health costs

U.S. healthcare system is bleeding us to death by design

The U.S. healthcare system is produced and fueled by crony capitalism. Activist investor Dave Chase bottom lined the result (Forbes): “The Middle Class is in a 20-year long economic depression that is at least 95 percent due to health care.”
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Live in Philadelphia? Check out the opening at WHYY's The Pulse

Award-winning, national health, science and innovation radionshow, The Pulse, is seeking a new Reporter/Producer.
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Tough Sledding: One reporter’s dogged pursuit of data from Calif.’s dangerous psych hospitals

California's psychiatric hospitals can be highly dangerous places, both for patients and staff. Lost work days and overtime pay are huge. But reporters looking to track down reliable data on assaults face an uphill climb.
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Top of the Morning: Lisa Aliferis Edition

This week, we caught up with Lisa Aliferis, senior communications officer for California Health Care Foundation’s High Value Care Team, and former health editor of KQED’s State of Health. Here are her top morning reads.
Bob Pack proves the old adage that persistence beats resistance.

Media plays key role in changing Calif.’s prescription drug tracking law

Legislation recently signed into law in California requires doctors to check a state database before prescribing narcotics. A key advocate behind the effort says increasing media attention was crucial in winning the bill's passage.
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The candidates field questions on children’s health, but have we learned anything?

How will the presidential candidates work to improve children's health? Trump touts Medicaid block grants and higher rates, while Clinton vows to push forward the Medicaid expansion and boost spending on early childhood programs.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: This week's new job listings, plus the 2017 California Fellowship

Apply for the 2017 California Fellowship taking place in Los Angeles on March 5-9, 2017.
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Candidates fail to grasp how Canada’s health system really works

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are merely the latest in a long line of American politicians who have cast aspersions on the Canadian health care system. Here's what they don't get.


Soaring out-of-pocket costs, rising premiums, and shaky insurance exchanges raise urgent questions this election season. What policies might address these problems, and how do the presidential candidates’ health plans differ? This webinar will give an overview of each candidates’ policy prescriptions and provide reporters with crucial context for covering one of the election’s most important but overlooked issues.

The 2017 California Fellowship, for California-based journalists only, will be held March 5-9, 2017 in Los Angeles. This Fellowship will focus on vulnerable populations and access to care and health care reform and innovation. We also take an in-depth look at how community conditions influence individuals' prospects for health. Each Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend to assist with the costs of reporting an ambitious Fellowship project on a California health issue, as well as six months of mentoring by a Senior Fellow. Deadline to apply is Dec. 1.  For more information, go here.


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