As both a physician and a father, I am deeply familiar with the inadequacies of our current healthcare system. My life long experience in the field has also given me a unique perspective of the system from the inside. As I have often seen, the practice of medicine is precluded by the business of medicine. I believe healthcare should be a right for all Americans; I’m ready to get down to business and work to fix it.

The right approach to healthcare reform starts here:

A single-payer universal system

  • This system streamlines collection of funds and payment of care to one source, lifting the burden families, mothers, and young people face when trying to maintain their wellness.
  • In this scenario, care would continue to largely be provided in the private sector. Premiums would be paid through the current taxing authority and withholding, the issues of non coverage, pre-existing conditions, and discrimination based on payer status would largely cease to exist.
  • The reality is that this change cannot happen overnight. Reintroducing the public option and lowering of the medicare age may be a suitable option for transition to a single-payer system.

Expanded funding for mental health and addiction services

  • The opioid crisis is just one example of how mental health and addiction burden our friends, family, loved ones, or even ourselves.
  • The core driver of wellness lies with the individual. Expanded funding in these services would give each and every one of us the tools and support we need to handle a world that bombards us with challenges every day.
  • Increased funding for mental health services will save us money. Countless sums are spent every year dealing with the consequences of poor mental health, which manifest themselves in so many ways: drugs/addiction, obesity, domestic violence, self harm, and not contributing to the workforce.

Focus on wellness and prevention

  • Our society’s approach to healthcare thus far has been a “band-aid” approach: we treat the symptoms that appear without focusing on the core of the problem. This has caused the system to be overloaded and top-heavy, dealing with the consequences of our choices rather than changing our choices to begin with.
  • Balancing our national attention between wellness/prevention and pharmaceuticals/treatment will decrease the financial burden we place on our healthcare system every year as a result of not taking a proactive approach to health, including diet, exercise, supplementation, and mental health.
  • Without question, meaningful action should be taken to reduce prescription drug costs, with a focus on price reduction by ensuring real competition & responsible behavior by manufacturers.

Women’s healthcare and abortion

  • We must first begin this conversation with what we agree on: abortions are not desirable. Every one of us is on the same page: we would like for there to never be the need for an abortion. Throughout my medical career, I have witnessed the absolute miracle of life, but also it’s fragility. I stand firmly pro-choice while still believing that abortion is a complicated, serious choice to make, and a somber event. This is an extremely private matter and a woman should have full control over her health and well-being.
  • Focusing on this as a public health issue is paramount. It has been proven that greater access to education, employment opportunities, family services, and birth control are associated with a decreased incidence of unwanted pregnancy. This is a goal I think we can all agree on. I will work hard to promote comprehensive family planning, expand funding for reproductive health services and protect women’s rights.

Vaccinations must be mandatory

  • Vaccinations should be required for entrance into public schools. While I believe that each American should have control over their own health decisions, this goes beyond individual rights and serves as a vital safety precaution for our collective health, especially for children. We have a duty to protect those cannot receive vaccinations for medical reasons through herd immunity, which is compromised if the vaccination rate dips below 95%.
  • I have personally seen the death and devastating lifelong health issues caused by these preventable diseases. I also believe we need to focus on circulating accurate, scientifically-backed information about vaccinations to citizens while removing unsubstantiated claims from congressional discussion.

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