Does current smoking among health care providers limit their ability to dissuade smoking to the general public?
This post discusses findings from a recent study of current smoking prevalence among eight groups of health care provider in the US and asks the question: does a national reduction in current smoking first require a reduction in current smoking among health care providers?
The business of addiction treatment and health care
Whether it’s you suffering with addiction or a loved one, it’s easy to forget that at least in this country, treating the sick is a cash-money-business. This is true for health-care as well as for addiction treatment, and as the polls right before the passage of the recent health-care reform suggest, enough Americans like it…
Criminal health care – Why we should care.
For most people, the discussion of health care within the prison system is a philosophical one. Not for me. Inmate health care is a disgrace While in jail, I got to see the conditions firsthand. I saw the guy coughing his lungs out for days asking deputies to send him to the infirmary only to…
Drug use isn’t the problem – Addiction and the question of legalization or decriminalization
I don’t keep it a secret that I used to have a very serious drug problem. If you haven’t read it by now, my drug use started early on along with a whole bunch of high-school friends. They smoked weed, I wanted to fit in, and the rest is history. But guess what? Most of…
How does Obama’s health care reform affect substance abuse treatment for Medicare patients?
Co-Authored by: Jamie Felzer Medicare and addiction? Do you typically think of these things as related? After the recent passage of Obama’s health care system reform, those utilizing Medicare and other government-sponsored systems will obviously be affected. Government sponsored substance abuse treatment A recent study on substance abuse treatment services for people with Medicare found…
Rx for reform: Spend on addiction treatment now, save later.
This was originally posted on takepart.com: The debate about healthcare reform is raging with democrats and republicans seemingly entrenched in their positions on different sides. The overall question is simple: How do we reduce the cost of healthcare in this country without negatively affecting the quality of it? US healthcare can be some of the…
Healthcare savings and alcohol and drug abuse treatment: Saving lives and money
A recent paper put out by an initiative called Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (CATG) talks about some of the cost savings benefits that go along with alcohol and drug abuse treatment. The numbers refer to current treatment methods, success rates, etc., so the savings should only go up as we become more successful and…