Primary Care Fallout

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The scandals around the Irish health minister are a constantly shifting landscape at present, with recent news including the resignation of Labour's junior health minister, Roisin Shortall. Prior to Shortall's resignation, I had submitted a letter to the Irish Times. Since they declined to publish it, I'm sharing it here: A ...

US healthcare debate trundles on

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

My ICR colleague Andrew Kennis has a fairly comprehensive overview of the US healthcare situation at Al Jazeera.net, drawing in part on an interview with Wendell Potter, but with far more facts and figures, from a range of sources, drawn together. A good primer for those who've been out of ...

Healthcare provision in the United States

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The American Federation of Teachers - with which my union, the GEO, is affiliated - has voted to endorse a bill to provide Universal Healthcare in the United States: HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident. HR ...

Activism compendium

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

A number of items today, from a range of sources. First, the picture to the left is of Labour TD Joe Costello, who for the last 5 years has run a weekly protest outside the Mater hospital, calling for better healthcare. Second, potentially good news for grad employees in private universities in ...

Birth control costs shoot up for US students

Monday, November 26th, 2007

One of the many healthcare issues we've found ourself addressing in GEO this semester has been the huge increase in costs of the contraceptive pill from the campus healthcare centre. A New York Times story explains the tortured legislative changes that led drug companies to end their discounts to student ...

A Critical Ear – latest edition

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

This week's show is now online. It lasts just around an hour, and features Bob Naiman and myself discussing Pakistan, Iran, and the success of Brazil's AIDS drugs policy. Locally we discuss SEIU's possible strike and the growing support from the campus community, and the CCHCC protest about the exclusion ...