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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanks National Health Service workers for saving his life. Twitter Boris Johnson/Downing Street via AP

Why Boris Johnson won’t have to pay any hospital bills

In the UK, nobody collects patients' insurance information or credit card details. There's simply no charge for services, including doctor visits, ambulances and hospitalizations.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in mid-March, before he tested positive for the coronavirus. Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

With Boris Johnson in intensive care, who runs the UK?

The United Kingdom does not have a written constitution or a specific plan for what to do if the prime minister is too ill to perform official duties.
Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images

The fashionable history of social distancing

In the past, maintaining physical distance was an important aspect of public life – and clothes played a big role.
The pope can order religious investigations that can allow the Vatican to swiftly take action. Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP

Catholic investigations are still shrouded in secrecy

Early Christians were urged to 'supervise' one another. In the present times, that theology is often used by the Vatican for a religious investigation a known as the apostolic visitation.
As the U.K. leaves the European Union, what awaits Prime Minister Boris Johnson? Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images

Britain is about to leave the EU – what’s next?

People who support Brexit want different results from the UK's departure from the EU – and they can't all get what they want.
Speciality drug prices are so high priced that many patients skip or ration them. Ravital/Shutterstock.com

High-priced specialty drugs: Exposing the flaws in the system

High prescription drug costs are a widespread concern for consumers and policymakers. For patients who need specialty drugs, though, the problem is even worse, with no relief in sight.
Flag of Kurdistan on military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.com

Why there is no Kurdish nation

Despite many attempts, the Kurds have never won and kept their own nation -- though, after World War I, they came close.
Hitler y Mussolini en Munich, Alemania, el 18 de junio de 1940. Everett Historical / Shutterstock

La normalización del fascismo

En los años 20 y principios de los 30, sectores de la prensa estadounidense normalizaron el ascenso del fascismo.
Physician burnout can have an impact on both the doctors and their patients. Jamesboy Nuchaikong/shutterstock.com

Physician burnout: Why legal and regulatory systems may need to step in

Doctor depression, burnout and suicide have been rising for some time, and overwork was considered the norm. A health care lawyer explains why the legal and regulatory systems must intervene.

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