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Center for Health Journalism Member Blog

The Center for Health Journalism invites journalists, policy thinkers and medical professionals to share their perspectives with our diverse and interdisciplinary community. Our member blog captures a range of perspectives on health, health policy and health journalism. Interested in blogging? Reach out to [email protected].

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In a recent New York Times magazine piece, and in her new book, An American Sickness, Elisabeth Rosenthal tells the story of Wanda Wickizer, who in 2013, while uninsured, experienced a subarachnoid hemorrhage. After treatment at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Wickizer was billed $285,507

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Review: Mental Health, Inc. exposes how various entities - from indifferent professional associations and pharmaceutical-subsidized patient advocacy groups to government regulators - enable Pharma's worst excesses.

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On vacation in Nashville, I talked to someone from Canada, and she said she couldn't get her head wrapped around the fact that we don't have universal health insurance in this country. Why is this so difficult, politically?

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"I knew that in order to make a policy story work on the airwaves, I would need to find stories of the people whose lives it would affect –– and I would need to do it fast," writes reporter Marissa Ortega-Welch.
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A reporter set out to do a set of stories on the difficulties Merced County residents already faced in accessing care. Then, eight health clinics serving Medicaid patients in the county closed.
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The newly announced Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund will provide reporting grants of up to $10,000 news outlets, news collaboratives or individual reporters to undertake investigative or explanatory health reporting projects in California.
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"The community engagement process pushed me out of my reporting comfort zone, and not only led to new sources but strengthened the relationships I had with previous sources," writes Fresno Bee reporter Mackenzie Mays.
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Two patient advocates make a case for why patients need a stronger bill of rights to ensure they receive quality care and are more involved in care decisions.
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In a recent column in the New York Times, The Ethicist (Kwame Anthony Appiah) trips over his carefully-worded disclaimer and ventures into the realm of psychiatric diagnosis. Then, he fails to advise the writer to intervene to prevent their relative from committing suicide.

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