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Healthcare Report 2023


This page provides news and reports relating to the state of healthcare in the United States as of 2023. For more reading and background, read “Healthcare Scarcity News 2022.” [View]


Entries below are in chronological order with the most recent at the top. Entry headings provide the source and date.

CBS (7 Aug 2023)

“How to protect yourself against COVID, flu and RSV” — Health officials have updated advice for protecting against seasonal viruses. Dr. Celine Gounder explains what’s new this year and who will need a COVID-19 booster. [Source]

CBS Local (12 Jun 2023)

“Emerging virus has similar symptoms to COVID-19” — A respiratory virus on the rise is making many people sick during this early summer season. [Source]

NBC4 Columbus (6 Jun 2023)

“Mysterious COVID strain found in central Ohio” — [Source]

CBC News (25 May 2023)

“Doctors warn of ER crisis as they struggle to provide urgent care” — A group of nearly 200 Calgary emergency room doctors is warning, in an open letter to Albertans, that emergency departments are ‘collapsing’ and they’re struggling to provide timely and effective care to patients. [Source]

CBS Mornings (29 Apr 2023)

“Study finds Black people live longer in places with more Black doctors” — Life expectancy in the U.S. is at its lowest point in nearly two decades, and the projected life spans of Black and Native Americans are shorter than white Americans. According to new research, Black people live longer in areas with more Black primary care doctors. One of the study’s authors, Michael Dill with the Association of American Medical Colleges, joins John Yang to discuss. [Source]

CBS Mornings (24 Apr 2023)

“Pennsylvania hospital shutdown strains health care delivery” — An eight-month CBS News investigation follows the collapse of hospitals serving some of America’s most vulnerable patients. While investors are making millions, vulnerable communities are left stripped of a crucial healthcare option. CBS News chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jon LaPook, joins “CBS Mornings.” [Source]

PBS NewsHour (20 Apr 2023)

“Diabetes a major factor behind declining life expectancy in rural areas” — Over the past two decades, life expectancy in rural areas has declined. One major reason is the prevalence of diabetes. With support from the Pulitzer Center and in collaboration with the Global Health Reporting Center, special correspondent Dr. Alok Patel reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for our series Rural RX. [Source]

PBS NewsHour (12 Apr 2023)

“Rural healthcare access at risk as public health efforts become politicized” — The pandemic highlighted the power of local health departments and brought backlash from people who said these authorities were overreaching. In the wake of the turmoil, many were overhauled, leaving an outsized impact on rural parts of the country. With support from the Pulitzer Center and in collaboration with the Global Health Reporting Center, Dr. Alok Patel reports for our series, Rural RX. [Source]

KOIN 5 (1 Apr 2023)

“Healthcare workers demand better working conditions amid shortage, burnout” — House Bill 2697 would require hospitals to improve working conditions. [Source]

PBS NewsHour (25 Mar 2023)

“Why more Americans are putting off going to the doctor” — Nearly a third of Americans lack access to primary care services, including routine checkups, while 40 percent of U.S. adults say they’re delaying care or going without because of the financial costs. We hear from people around the country about the barriers they face and then John Yang speaks with Dr. Maya Artandi, a clinical professor of primary care and population health at Stanford University. [Source]

PBS NewsHour (22 Mar 2023)

“West Virginia doctors work to bridge healthcare gap in rural areas” — When it comes to health, rural America lags far behind the country’s urban and suburban areas. The reasons are complex and these challenges are the focus of a new series called Rural RX. With support from the Pulitzer Center and in collaboration with the Global Health Reporting Center, William Brangham starts our series in Martinsburg, West Virginia. [Source]

PBS NewsHour (23 Nov 2022)

“Doctor creates program to expand medical care in rural and underserved areas” — Millions of Americans live in rural or underserved areas where there are fewer medical care facilities and doctors with specialized expertise. One doctor in New Mexico is trying to help change that with his vision dubbed “Project ECHO.” Fred de Sam Lazaro reports in a partnership with the Under-Told Stories Project at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. [Source]

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com