Power outages set off IV bag shortages
By Genevieve Leigh, 13 January 2018
Ongoing power outages in Puerto Rico have set off a severe crisis of IV bag shortages on the US mainland, exacerbated by a sharp increase in flu cases nationwide.
By Kate Randall, 12 January 2018
The administration’s aim in imposing work requirements is to gut the health care program for the poor, which currently covers about 74 million people.
By Esther Galen, 11 January 2018
Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America, exposes the reality of poor dental health and lack of dental care endured by the working class and poor in the US.
By Dan Conway, 9 January 2018
Over the past few weeks, cases of influenza and influenza-related illnesses have skyrocketed, reaching near epidemic level proportions.
By Michelle Stevens, 9 January 2018
Decades of government funding cuts, combined with the rise of corporate profit-making operators, have led to severe under-staffing.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2018
NHS employees now often refer to the conditions they face at work as a “battlefield” or “war zone.”
By Dennis Moore, 5 January 2018
The head of the Kings College hospital trust, one of the largest in the UK, resigned citing the inability of hospitals to provide adequate care amidst soaring demand.
By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2018
There is a direct relationship between this orgy of financial parasitism and the explosion of self-medication.
By Kate Randall, 30 December 2017
By one government estimate, a staggering 380,000 deaths a year may be the result of health care-associated infections in facilities for the elderly.
By Benjamin Mateus, 30 December 2017
Recent investigation into the process of the HIV virus capsid maturation suggests a new method of disrupting its ability to infect.
By Muhammad Khan, 29 December 2017
Michigan had the highest per capita rate of hepatitis A infections in the United States with more than 500 cases recorded in 2017.
By Patrick Martin, 27 December 2017
The temporary “fix” to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, applied by Congress in legislation passed December 21, could actually speed the program’s collapse.
By Ajanta Silva, 23 December 2017
The Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group accidentally disclosed a backdoor payment of £328,000 to Virgin Care, owned by billionaire business mogul Richard Branson.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 December 2017
San Diego, with the fourth largest community of homeless in the US, has seen 567 cases of Hepatitis A, with 382 hospitalizations and 20 deaths.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 December 2017
The bin where the man was discovered was located in a shopping center parking lot one block away from the San Diego Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017
In his budget, Tory Chancellor Hammond allocated a derisory £2.8 billon for the NHS over the next three years, under conditions in which the combined deficit of NHS trusts alone stood at £770 million last financial year.
By Gabriel Black, 7 December 2017
The merger would create a level of vertical integration unprecedented in US health care, while netting Aetna’s outgoing CEO half a billion dollars.
By Margot Miller, 28 November 2017
A landmark study reveals the dirty secret of austerity policies being imposed all over the world: the more money is cut, the more people are sent to an early grave.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2017
Internal documents also reveal that the sugar industry suppressed research linking sucrose and heart disease.
A health statistics system in shambles
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 November 2017
The true scope of maternal mortality rate in the US remains uncertain due to inconsistent and under-reporting on death certificates.
New York Mayor de Blasio covered up for city’s failure to test for lead contamination in public housing
By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2017
De Blasio and the New York City public housing authority covered up the city’s failure to conduct mandated lead paint inspections for four years.
By Brad Dixon, 20 November 2017
This brings the total number of cases of the disease in the past month to 15, two of which have been fatal.
By Kate Randall, 15 November 2017
Research published in JAMA Cardiology shows that an initiative introduced five years ago under Obamacare to reduce Medicare readmissions for heart patients has resulted in a significant increase in mortality rates.
By Kate Randall, 14 November 2017
Alex Azar has a long history of traversing the revolving door between government and big business.
By Zaida Green, 10 November 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will actively “partner” with states to impose premiums, punitive work requirements and other restrictions on Medicaid.
In part due to Trump sabotage
By Kate Randall, 4 November 2017
The most vulnerable population group will be households—as many as 2 million people—that are ineligible for subsidies.
By Zaida Green, 1 November 2017
Emory University Hospital is demanding that the father of the two-year-old document three months of parole compliance before he is allowed to donate his kidney.
By Gary Joad, 1 November 2017
Changing healthcare needs, demographic shifts and the choking down of funding for nurse training will leave the US short of 1.2 million nurses in two years time.
By Andre Damon, 28 October 2017
On the same day that Congress moved forward on nearly $6 trillion in tax cuts to the super-rich, the Trump administration declined to allocate any funds to address the opioid crisis.
By Kate Randall, 28 October 2017
Seema Verma sees the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare as having extended coverage to millions of low-income Americans who should not be getting government-sponsored health insurance.
By Ajanta Silva, 28 October 2017
214 out of 224 acute hospitals operated without an adequate level of nursing staff during day shifts last October, while 85 percent of them did not have proper staff levels on night shifts.
By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2017
The official declaration of a “public health emergency” is a political stunt that adds not one dollar to efforts to save the lives and health of millions suffering from opioid addiction.
By John Mackay, 25 October 2017
Emergency room visits reached record levels at the peak of the winter season in many major hospitals.
By Jerry White, 24 October 2017
Middle-age workers are being forced to retire later, even as they confront poorer health and a lower life expectancy than their older peers.
“I think the government is trying to kill us off”
By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 October 2017
The free clinic event in Charleston revealed the deep social crisis in the United States, which is largely ignored by the corporate controlled media.
By Josh Varlin, 23 October 2017
The government’s arguments against allowing the unaccompanied minor to receive an abortion mirror the notorious Dred Scott decision and presage a further attack on democratic rights.
By Kate Randall, 19 October 2017
The bulk of the Alexander-Murray bill is aimed at lowering requirements for private insurers and reducing the quality of health care coverage offered.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 October 2017
While the number of new cases shows signs of slowing, the city of San Diego has forcefully removed homeless encampments from the downtown area.
By Genevieve Leigh, 19 October 2017
A recent investigation by the Washington Post and “60 Minutes” has exposed the complicity of the pharmaceutical giants and the Democratic and Republican parties in the worst drug epidemic in US history.
By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2017
A joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and the Washington Post found that Republicans and Democrats in Washington did the bidding of giant drug distribution companies responsible for fueling the opioid crisis.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 October 2017
There is a scarcity of clean water in rural communities, whose residents are resorting to washing and bathing in local rivers and springs.
By Alice Summers, 14 October 2017
Economic and academic pressures on young people are exacerbated by a systemic decrease of funding for mental health counselling.
A new stage in the bipartisan health care counterrevolution
By Kate Randall, 14 October 2017
Any “compromise” on health care reform is a conspiracy against the working class, premised on the subordination of the need for health care to the profits of the corporations and the capitalist market.
By Kate Randall, 11 October 2017
Small businesses would be able to establish association health plans free from Obamacare requirements to cover essential medical services.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 October 2017
More than 75,000 people signed petitions against the Clinical Service Review, with many thousands across the county participating in protest marches, meetings and gatherings in Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth.
By Trévon Austin, 7 October 2017
A new mandate revokes the requirement for companies and organizations that claim religious or moral objections to provide birth control.
By Zaida Green, 6 October 2017
In many counties, women must travel dozens or hundreds of miles to reach an abortion facility and are often forced to travel to another state.
By Benjamin Mateus, 4 October 2017
The three scientists explored the molecular processes through which the body adapts physiologically to the Earth’s rotation, including the sleep-wake cycle and much more.
By Kate Randall, 3 October 2017
The failure to reauthorize CHIP threatens health insurance coverage for about 9 million lower-income children across the US.
By Benjamin Mateus, 3 October 2017
Nine percent of rural counties lost hospital-based obstetric services over the last decade meaning that more than half now have no such services at all.
By Matthew Taylor, 2 October 2017
The rise in easily preventable and treatable diseases, including syphilis, has coincided with the slashing of funding for public health programs and clinics, which provide accessible testing and treatments.
“Health care is a human right”
By our reporters, 28 September 2017
While organizers of a rally at UIC promoted Sanders’ single-payer “Medicare for All” bill, the IYSSE outlined the socialist response to health care crisis.
By Josh Varlin, 27 September 2017
The Democrats are seeking a bipartisan deal with the Republicans that would retain the basic framework of Obamacare while introducing regressive changes being demanded by the insurance monopolies.
By Kevin Martinez, 25 September 2017
City officials knew that a public health crisis was brewing years before the current outbreak but rejected preventive measures as too costly.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2017
This is the first time that white blood cells have been successfully engineered to fight off a cancer.
By Kate Randall, 20 September 2017
In addition to phasing out Medicaid expansion, the Cassidy-Graham legislation, beginning in 2027, would slash billions more from Medicaid and end it as a guaranteed program.
By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2017
The legislation offers a single-payer health care system that most Democratic senators and all Republicans oppose.
By Jason Quill and Oscar Grenfell, 7 September 2017
The Health Services Union welcomed the Victorian Labor government’s application for the federal Fair Work Commission to ban the stoppage.
By Kayla Costa, 6 September 2017
Adult obesity rates for 2016 hit over 30 percent in 25 US states, and, in five states, topped 35 percent, the highest levels in the world.
By Keisha Gibbs, 6 September 2017
The Trump administration has ordered an abrupt halt to a study into potential public health hazards in areas near surface coal mining operations in Central Appalachia.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 September 2017
At least ten people have succumbed to the infectious disease since officials promised a solution more than two months ago.
Fetid floodwaters in the “chemical coast” carry toxins and disease
By Gary Joad, 2 September 2017
The flooding in Houston, the acknowledged petrochemical capital of the world, has unleashed a toxic soup of chemicals, carcinogens and bacteria, posing a grave threat to human life.
By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2017
New research in the study of the human genome has provided a new way to reduce or potentially eliminate inherited genetic disorders by correcting harmful genetic mutations while the subject is still an embryo.
By Genevieve Leigh, 30 August 2017
Among drug users and the homeless in the US, diseases such as syphilis and hepatitis are making a dangerous comeback.
By Brad Dixon, 28 August 2017
Medicaid spending on old and commonly used drugs increased by billions of dollars in 2016 compared to the previous year.
Nearly 10 million US seniors food-insecure
By Gary Joad, 22 August 2017
Some 14.7 percent of US seniors are food-insecure, a rise of 37 percent over 2001.
By Ed Ballesteros, 22 August 2017
The ostensible concern of governments for the well-being of health professionals is belied by funding cuts that have stretched public hospitals to breaking point.
“Health care should be a right, not a privilege”
By WSWS reporting team, 12 August 2017
Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.
By Kate Randall, 11 August 2017
Shortened life expectancy is the result of deteriorating conditions of life, exacerbated by the deliberate policy of both big business parties to restrict access to affordable health care.
By Margaret Rees, 11 August 2017
New research points to a rapidly growing number of fatalities, far outstripping heroin overdose deaths.
By E.P. Milligan, 10 August 2017
More Americans have died from drug overdoses since 2000 than in all the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries combined.
By a WSWS reporting team, 10 August 2017
Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 August 2017
In 2015 the state of Indiana introduced a Medicaid expansion plan which converts the entitlement program into a fee-based insurance program.
By Kate Randall, 5 August 2017
The Democratic Party’s response to the debacle for Trump was to offer its services in implementing the demands of the insurance giants for “repairing” Obamacare so as to better ensure reduced costs and fatter profits.
By Kayla Costa, 4 August 2017
Tribal leaders are encouraging Native Americans to enter the private health insurance market, placing the medical coverage of over 300,000 people at risk.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 August 2017
Despite the immense scale of the national health crisis, the debate in Washington is focused on slashing Medicaid, which provides addiction treatment to low-income people.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2017
The Democrats’ adaptation to the Republican right and anti-abortion sentiment comes amid factional infighting after Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.
In wake of Republican failure on ACA repeal
By Kate Randall, 1 August 2017
A number of states are seeking federal permission to require Medicaid enrollees to work, submit to drug testing or pay monthly premiums.
By Kathleen Martin, 1 August 2017
Data from the Henry Ford Global Health Initiative found that patients are 1.55 times more likely to get a water-borne illness if they live on a block where a water shutoff occurs.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2017
According to the NHS Support Federation, more than one third (£5.5 billion) of £16 billion in contracts awarded by the clinical commissioning groups have gone to the private sector.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2017
The exodus of nurses and midwives takes place amid a broader shortage of 40,000 nurses and 3,500 midwives in England alone.
By Kate Randall, 29 July 2017
The defeat of the Republican health care legislation marks a temporary pause in the assault on Medicaid as a guaranteed social benefit based on need.
By Alan Gilman, 28 July 2017
The study showed that repeated head injuries cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Way cleared for bipartisan attack on Medicaid
By Kate Randall, 26 July 2017
Despite certain tactical differences, both big business parties are in agreement on unprecedented cuts in health care and the dismantling of the core social programs dating from the 1930s and 1960s.
As Trump seeks to revive bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare
By Barry Grey, 20 July 2017
The Democratic Party response to Republican disarray over health care is to push for a bipartisan bill that would “fix” Obamacare to make it even more punitive for working people and more profitable for the giant insurance companies.
New study shows half of all opiate prescriptions given to patients suffering from depression or anxiety
By Matthew Taylor, 20 July 2017
The study’s conclusions point to the widespread overprescribing of opiates to those diagnosed with mental illness.
By Kate Randall, 19 July 2017
This turn of events marks a stunning defeat for President Trump, who has made a “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of his central policy goals.
By Genevieve Leigh, 18 July 2017
The drug epidemic is a symptom of a diseased social system, the product of nearly four decades of social counterrevolution overseen by the ruling class and its political representatives, Democratic and Republican.
Michigan researchers investigate connection between Flint water crisis and high infant mortality rate
By Carlos Delgado, 18 July 2017
The city of Flint saw a significant increase in rate of infants who died before their first birthday in 2015, when the lead-in-water crisis was at its height.
By Barry Mason, 17 July 2017
The 2,400 who died in the UK are among the tens of thousands impacted worldwide due to profiteering from the sale of infected blood.
By John Marion, 17 July 2017
The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and Democratic Party politicians are using stunts to pressure management into negotiations while nurses go without pay.
By Will Marshall, 17 July 2017
The SKM fire is a product of the systematic gutting of environmental health and safety regulations, as well as town planning and construction guidelines.
As Senate health plan calls for gutting Medicaid
By Kate Randall, 15 July 2017
In the United States, your level of income defines your access to health care, the quality of care you receive, and whether you will meet with an early death because of it.
By Kate Randall, 14 July 2017
The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act would mark the effective end of Medicaid as a guaranteed government insurance program based on need.
Trump administration signs law stripping job protections from Department of Veterans Affairs employees
By Nick Barrickman, 14 July 2017
The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act marks a deepening of the attack on federal workers.
By John Marion, 14 July 2017
Nurses fighting understaffing and pension attacks face a battle against both big business parties, which defend for-profit medicine.
Hospital plans punitive five-day lockout
By Kate Randall, 13 July 2017
Nurses are demanding the hospital increase staffing and resources, make salaries more competitive and keep a decent pension plan intact.
A generation of orphans
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 July 2017
Social service workers, health care workers, and nonprofit organizers spoke to the WSWS about the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic on children.
Eighty arrested on Capitol Hill protesting legislation
By Kate Randall, 11 July 2017
A new poll shows that only 17 percent of US adults approve of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republicans’ heath care bill, while 55 percent disapprove.
By Dennis Moore, 11 July 2017
With NHS trusts being forced to rush through the sale of assets, the only beneficiaries will be those who are buying, including property speculators.