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Workings of the HSJ Club - Part 2

posted May 24, 2012, 3:46 PM by Karthik R   [ updated May 24, 2012, 3:46 PM ]
A few months ago, we gave you an update on what our Health & Social Justice club had been doing. Now school is out at the Davidson Academy, and our club has completed a full semester of 14 meetings. After our initial Haiti discussion, we moved on to other topics.

Our next broad topic was health care and health policy in the United States. We started surveying current opinion by listening to an interview with Marcia Angell, chief editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. We then talked about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), a new popular option for individuals to cover their medical expenses. Our opinion was that HSAs are only useful to wealthier Americans, and that HSAs couldn't effectively serve the health needs of the entire American population.

Although these inequalities are pervasive throughout the landscape of American medicine, it is heartening to see that many clinics in western Nevada are providing alternative solutions, such as HAWC Community Health Centers, with a sliding-fee scale, and the UNR Student Outreach Clinic, which provides completely free care.