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In this April 2, 2015, file photo, a visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, California. AP/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Caring for veterans: A privilege and a duty

A physician who has spent 25 years working within VA hospitals reflects on what it has meant to him to serve those who have served our country.
The court can make a big difference in workers’ lives. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Why the Supreme Court matters for workers

A Trump victory on Nov. 8 would preserve a conservative majority on the court. A look back at its recent decisions shows why that would be very bad for workers' rights.
Check up. Mike Blake/Reuters

Why insurance companies control your medical care

Cost and quality issues have long plagued the U.S. health care system because insurance companies both finance and manage medical care. So how did we get stuck with this system in the first place?
Doctors are learning new ways to help patients. From www.shuttertock.com

Curing health care with a dose of big data and common sense

As health care providers seek ways to improve care and cut costs, providers and insurance companies have teamed up. A program in Michigan where providers share notes in real time appears to work.
This approach will help concentrate efforts on evidence and value rather than ideologically based, slash-and-burn approaches. AAP Image/Fairfax Media Pool/Andrew Meares

Five tips to get the government started on real health reform

The government must do more to deliver a 21st-century health system – not just to improve its standing with voters but to meet the health needs of all Australians.
Changing a centuries-old format will take some big thinking. vittoriocarvelli/DeviantArt

Making the case for a new Olympics model

With the one-city format no longer viable, an Olympics expert proposes a radical new vision for the format of the Olympic Games. It actually makes a lot of sense.
RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO. Alvin Aquino/RCH

Robots can help young patients engage in rehab

The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?
‘As president, I will repeal every word of Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz proclaimed during the Feburary 25 GOP debate. Mike Stone/Reuters

How difficult would it be to repeal Obamacare for good?

The leading GOP candidates all claim one of their top priorities will be to repeal Obamacare. An architect of the original law outlines the thorny – but plausible – path to repeal.
Civilian doctors might not know that their patients have served in the military. In this photo Marines march around the World Trade Center memorial after participating in a memorial run in 2012. MarineCorps NewYork/Flickr

Veterans’ health care: doctors outside the VA need to know more about the veterans they treat

Asking 'Have you served in the military?' may seem like a minor issue, but it's actually much more important than you might think. And it's a question that few doctors make a point of asking.

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