First, my best wishes to you all for a lovely holiday season with family and friends. Thank you for your patience with me these past several months as a major writing project has kept me from the midst of the fray.
This week, however, MergerWatch, an organization out of New York will be releasing a report on the impact of the Catholic health system mergers with non-catholic institutions and the implications of that expansion on reproductive and end of life care. For information on MergerWatch, see their website: http://www.mergerwatch.org/
Here is the article about their upcoming report.
And as we slouch toward health care reform, here is an excellent article about the perverse cost incentives in health care. We need to change these incentives.
Meanwhile as we all think about those in need over the holidays, December’s The Rotarian ( the magazine of Rotary International) wrote about children in poverty:
“3.55 million children in the United States live in households that earn less than $2 per person/day….The study used the World Bank’s metrics for measuring poverty, which defines ‘extreme poverty’ as cash income of less than $2 per person per day. More that 16.4 million children–one fifth of all children in the United States–live below the federal poverty level, which amounts to nearly $16 per person per day for a family of four with two children. ….the number of children living in extreme poverty rose from 1.3 million in 1996 to 2.41 million in (or about 6.3 percent of all households with children) in 2011.”
Finally, I do not advertise, but I do want to make an unsolicited plug for a group called Courage to Teach and Renewal that now has added a retreat series on health care.
I attended a comparable retreat many years ago now and found it very helpful.
My best wishes for a happy holiday season.
Kathleen O’Connor (c) December 16, 2013