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‘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.
State health departments should continuously monitor the hospital activity data it collects for red flags. Tyler Olson/Shutterstock

How can we save lives in hospitals? Start by looking for and investigating red flags

Seven babies died unnecessarily at Bacchus Marsh hospital between 2013 and 2014. The My Hospitals website and other reporting mechanisms gave no sign of any problems.
Frontline nurses say their views on nursing policy is often overlooked because policymakers do not recognise the importance of their clinical experience. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Why South African nurses should no longer be sidelined in policymaking

There are several benefits of nurses providing input in policymaking processes. In South Africa, though, there are several barriers that prevent this.
South Africa’s National Health Insurance aims to ensure universal access to health care – one of the most persistent structural inequalities. Shutterstock

South Africa can’t lose its nerve on universal health care

The South African government's plan to provide universal access to health care seems to be slipping off its priority list.
Health consumers don’t necessarily use the internet to bypass their GP, they use it as an additional source of information. Flickr/Chelsea Louise

Don’t panic! Healthy consumers look online for medical advice

We’ve all heard the warnings against googling your symptoms in search of a diagnosis: you’ll uncover a range of daunting illnesses and launch into panic-mode over something like a measly cold. There is…
Our legal system already has provisions in place capable of responding to criminal conduct by health-care workers. Image from shutterstock.com

Health-care providers – a different class of criminal?

Should Australian health-care workers face criminal penalties if they wilfully or recklessly neglect or mistreat patients? The United Kingdom is currently grappling with this question after systemic failures…

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