Category Archives: National Healthcare

President’s Budget Proposes $20 Million Pilot Program to Increase Access to PrEP

In his final State of the Union Address, President Obama told Congress, “Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria — something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year.” HIV experts applauded the President’s elevation of HIV/AIDS […]

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Beyond cost-effectiveness: Why we need a human rights approach to universal health coverage

This blog was jointly prepared by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin. The world having agreed to universal health coverage as a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals, a basic question becomes: Coverage of what? A traditional approach to answering this question is to focus on cost-effectiveness. Start with a given resource envelope. […]

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Eradicating Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a contagious, bloodborne viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. Many people with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection because they can remain asymptomatic for years. However, if left untreated, a chronic Hepatitis C infection can cause severe scarring of the liver – called cirrhosis – liver cancer or death. […]

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HIV and Medical Bills: The Importance of the Affordable Care Act and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

Yesterday, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times reported on a recent survey of the problems Americans face with medical bills. The survey, conducted by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows a cascade of financial troubles due to many individuals and households paying substantial medical bills. In the survey, 20 percent […]

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December 1 marks World AIDS Day.  This day is an opportunity not only to support and advocate for the more than 1.2 million people who are currently living with HIV and AIDS in the United States, but also to spotlight the need for preventing new HIV infections.  There have been approximately 50,000 new HIV infections […]

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Physician-assisted Dying: Do we need to broaden the conversation?

A fundamental purpose of the law is to provide individuals with the tools and means to achieve the highest possible standard of life and to empower those least able to enforce their rights. Individuals make numerous permanent and life-changing decisions everyday without interference and indeed, many of us gauge our notion of freedom on our […]

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Research Assistants – An Introduction to Working in Global Health Law

Interested in how law could be used to address a global health issue? Don’t let one of my biggest academic regrets become yours! One of my biggest regrets from my years in undergraduate and graduate school is that I did not get to know my professors well and get involved in their research. I always felt awkward […]

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Reflecting on Indigenous health disparities on Columbus Day

This week we celebrated Columbus Day, when we mark the arrival of European culture to the shores of the ‘New World’. It can be easy to forget that there was nothing ‘new’ about these shores upon Columbus’s arrival. There were many existing cultures already present with their own religious beliefs, customs and ways of life. […]

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National Health Equity Strategies to Implement the Global Promise of SDGs

[This blog was originally posted in the Health and Human Rights Journal as parts of its series of blogs on the Sustainable Development Goals, and is re-posted here with permission.] “No one will be left behind.” The bold promise at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must guide their implementation. This requires utterly […]

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Vote Food 2016: An open letter to all candidates running for office

Today, four of America’s preeminent voices in food policy published A National Food Policy for the 21st Century. In their memo to the next president, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, and Olivier De Schutter laid out a comprehensive framework for untangling the myriad laws, regulations, and social mores that make up America’s troubled food […]

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