For my undocumented patients, there is no relief coming.

We talk about health disparities a lot in the abstract. We talk about the numbers, the statistics. We talk about race and politics and structural violence.  But I wasn’t thinking about any of that when my patient had to be admitted due to serious complications from COVID-19. I was thinking about how stubborn he had … Continue reading For my undocumented patients, there is no relief coming.

COVID-Induced Anxiety: Some Tips for Staying Sane During Insane Times

There is a novel, deadly viral pandemic at our doorsteps that has disrupted every aspect of our daily lives. It’s hard in these tumultuous times to suppress the feeling that we are facing a doom of Biblical proportions. It’s hard to suppress the constant, invasive feeling of anxiety, to settle down the knot in our … Continue reading COVID-Induced Anxiety: Some Tips for Staying Sane During Insane Times

While We Wait for a Health Care Solution, We are Dying Younger

  Our life expectancy is dropping. A jarring new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association summarizes the data bluntly: “Between 1959 and 2016, US life expectancy increased from 69.9 years to 78.9 but declined for 3 consecutive years after 2014.” We boast of our status as the most developed … Continue reading While We Wait for a Health Care Solution, We are Dying Younger

Our President – The Illusionist

“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens [sic] first?!” This is a tweet from Donald Trump during this week's primary debate. Unfortunately, we as a nation are now accustomed to the speed of the President’s thumbs - tweeting out commentary and … Continue reading Our President – The Illusionist

Coverage: How Employer Provided Insurance Creates Unavoidable Gaps in Care.

Carla usually arrives in my office wearing a big smile, even if I don't have good news about her diabetes or blood pressure. But at our last visit, she was wringing her hands and tapping her feet nervously. “What's going on, Carla?” I asked with concern. Carla looked down at her feet, hiding her tears. … Continue reading Coverage: How Employer Provided Insurance Creates Unavoidable Gaps in Care.