“It is my belief that health care practitioners themselves need to be in the process of discovering or knowing what food, what diet, what lifestyle supports their individual mental, physical and spiritual well-being.”
Dr. Marsha Fretwell addressed a crowd of 25 in blunt terms Monday in Flat Rock: “We need to get for-profit health insurance out of the marketplace.” Fretwell, a former geriatric physician and a member of Healthcare for All Western North Carolina, crystallized the thesis of the documentary Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, which had […]
“We must first transform our culture to embrace the human side of medical providers, with all their vulnerabilities, and remember that physicians’ lives hold value and meaning separate from the role they play as care providers.”
At the Healthcare for All, Y’All event Sunday at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, Joel R. Segal, who as a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan worked to help pass the Affordable Care Act, offered a surprising take on it: “None of us wanted that bill. The basic idea was […]
Nine local panelists recently debated a fundamental question about health care: Is it a right or a commodity?
Mission Health has reached an agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina that will bring Mission back into the Blue Cross networks effective Dec. 15. The announcement comes after months of public debate and the termination of its contract with Blue Cross on Oct. 5. All patients with BCBSNC insurance will be able to […]
“Health Care for All — A Moral Obligation?” a faith-based symposium hosted by Health Care for All — WNC, will be held at the First Baptist Church of Asheville on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
“Just imagine — some $17 trillion in savings, and health care for everyone!”
As the deadline approaches for a contract between Mission Health and BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina to expire, Buncombe County commissioners are urging the two organizations to get a deal done.
“Both Republican congressmen from Western North Carolina, Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry, are determined to make health care more expensive or even nonexistent for millions of Americans, and both seem utterly unconcerned with the repercussions on those with pre-existing conditions.”
“If you want to learn about how we can cut administrative costs, lower drug prices [and] go to any doctor in the country, then come to the in-depth talk at A-B Tech [Ferguson Auditorium] on June 27 sponsored by Indivisible AVL. “
“My pre-existing condition is the infinite distance between people, between my brain and my will, between my animal and my spiritual.”
“I strongly encourage you to become knowledgeable about your health so that you are in a position to participate in the decision-making process. Knowledge allows one to self-advocate.”
“In the mountain villages where we hold pediatric clinics, we are the only health care these children receive each year. There is no hospital or doctor’s office; there is no one who routinely comes up to check on these children. It is us.”
Direct and concierge care are gaining traction in Asheville, offering alternative forms of health care for patients who are looking for more time with their doctors and are willing to pay out of pocket for routine health care, using insurance for catastrophic coverage.
Clinical pharmacy gained traction when the Asheville Project, an initiative that addressses chronic health problems in city employees, included pharmacists in medical teams. Now clinical pharmacists have a greater role to play in a variety of medical settings.
“Please tell my why it is better for citizens to not have health care? Why must people suffer to assure tax breaks for the very wealthiest Americans?”