Look What’s Coming

A column by Wayne Myers on rural health issues.

Will Hospitals Become Insurers?

A look into the complexities of medical insurance and the consequences that rural communities could face if healthcare systems morph into insurance providers.

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February 26, 2015

The Ebola Response

Argues that people underestimate the risk posed by familiar dangers and overreact to strange and foreign hazards.

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November 18, 2014

Hospital Quality: Tough Issue!

Discusses whether quality measures and patients’ wishes may be at odds, and how that affects the perception of whether rural hospitals provide quality care.

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August 20, 2014

Bad News, Good News

An early childhood education intervention project in North Carolina is proving to have long-term health benefits for some of the participants 30 years later.

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May 15, 2014

Socioeconomic Policy Is Health Policy

The United States spends more on medical care and less on social services than other developed countries, yet social services can be just as important to health outcomes.

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February 12, 2014

The Limits of Medical Care

We need new approaches to keeping people healthy, instead of trying to heal them after they get sick.

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November 18, 2013

A Lesson From Hazard

Poor life expectancy statistics in Perry County, Ky., seem to contradict generally accepted ideas about lifespan factors.

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August 13, 2013

From the Gun Cabinet

After treating many tragic gunshot injuries as a physician, Myers argues that guns need safeguards.

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May 15, 2013

What I Saw in 2019

Myers visits the year 2019 and likes what he sees, especially the formation of regional health care systems.

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February 21, 2013