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Early advocates thought it could provide equal access to high-quality care. But private investment has increasingly crowded out public service, and use is now surging during the COVID-19 crisis.
Jeremy A. Greene
We should be wary of simplistic uses of history, but we can learn from the logic of social responses.
Alex de Waal
In addition to masks and ventilators, doctors demand a fundamental transformation of our health care system.
The HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics are very different, but both reveal that the United States has never understood the connection between community and personal well-being.
Claims that the cure is worse than the disease rely on a false tradeoff between human needs and the economy.
Gregg Gonsalves, Amy Kapczynski
Decades of neoliberal austerity will make it harder to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we must rebuild our social safety net and forge a New Deal for public health.
Amy Kapczynski, Gregg Gonsalves
By using a variety of ploys to manufacture doubt, a whole industry of science-for-hire experts helps corporations put profits over public health and safety.
There’s more that’s wrong with our medical system...
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
In place of the hype over personalized medicine, we need a more sober evaluation of the meaning of health and health care.
Robert A. Aronowitz
Health care spending isn't high because we use too much medicine. It’s the prices, and who pays them.
The success of OxyContin hinged on racially bifurcated understandings of addiction. The fundamental division between “dope” and medicine, after all, has always been the race and class of users.
Harm reduction strategies have their roots in 1980s HIV activism, but they are starting to spread in rural America in response to the opioid crisis.
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