Welcome to the Domestic Health section. I approach health, and healing, and health reform through the prism of my own experiences. Being a doctor, growing up with a dad and brothers who are doctors, actively practicing medicine, working even for a while in a socialized medical system in England. Doing countless hours of laboratory, clinical medical research, and writing hundreds of peer reviewed papers. Performing surgery in other countries including Sudan, England, Mozambique, Haiti and Uganda. And then leading health policy as a United States Senator for twelve years in Washington D.C. In that time, I have examined and tackled the hardest healthcare issues such as healthcare disparities, gaps in our healthcare system, value-driven care, innovation, global health, chronic disease, personalized medicine, and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
I don’t have all of the answers on health issues and health reform. But I do know that the current generation is the first in American history that will not live as long as the last one. All of us acting together, we can make an impact on all Americans’ quality of life, ensuring that we are healthier, happier and more energized. Check out the pages in this section. The News, the Videos, and most importantly how YOU can get involved. Along the way, let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
Transplant surgeon and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) sees a healthcare industry in flux, driven by the need crack the “value equation” that ties cost control to outcomes. Frist signed on as co-director of a new fellowship program established by the Nashville Healthcare Council to help council members’ executives meet that challenge. Modern Healthcare reporter Beth Kutscher talked with Frist about how the fellowship program will work and the forces at work in the industry that he says created a need for...read more
Nothing is scarier than losing your health.
A close second, however, is getting sick and not being able to afford the care you need. For seniors, Medicare has been the entitlement program that for 47 years has dependably provided health security and peace of mind.
But today, demographics are shifting. Fewer workers are contributing to the pay-as-you-go system that by 2030 will cover double the number of beneficiaries it does now. Those reaching 65 this year, on average, will take out in services more than twice what they paid...read more
The nation’s highest court is about to judge the president’s signature legislative achievement — and it’s not just politicians who are invested in the outcome.
Is the new health care law constitutional? You might think it doesn’t matter — or at least, that it doesn’t matter to you. But the fact is, the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) will almost certainly affect you directly.
How, exactly? For one thing, the court’s decision could play...read more
Americans hear a lot about decline. Declines in manufacturing, fading productivity, plummeting home values, spiralling deficits, and sadly, dwindling faith in the American dream.
Let me tell you where I see the worst decline — but also our nation’s best hope.
One in five kids in America lives in poverty. That’s 20 percent of America’s future left behind. Left to drop out of high school, suffer through shorter lives, commit crimes, have a child in their teens — and then perpetuate this cycle with their own...read more
This post is part of a series on childhood poverty in the United States in partnership with Save the Children and Julianne Moore. Moore leads the organization’s Valentine’s Day campaign, through which cards are sold to support the fight against poverty in the U.S. To learn more or to purchase the cards, click here.
More than one in five American children lives in poverty. In my home state Tennessee it is an astounding one in four.
And it’s only...read more
Why is ending childhood obesity such an important issue for you?
What is the private sector’s role?
I sat down with the Alliance for Health Reform earlier this year and talked about some necessary changes and helpful ideas for the future of healthcare reform. Watch the videos below to see my thoughts on the big changes needed to US health care and especially the need to support primary care.
More than one-fifth of preschool children are overweight or obese. That’s 20 percent of kids 5 years old and younger who are already on track for chronic health problems such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease before their first day of kindergarten.
That’s more than 4 million toddlers already queued up for health issues that will last them a lifetime. And of the heaviest youngsters — those who are obese — more than 160,000 live in Tennessee.
Our state’s and our nation’s obesity epidemic is...read more
Here is a short article that in essence is the speech that I gave to Dresner a few weeks ago which summarizes some current views on helath reform. I broke down our current situation by stakeholder and talk about what is next and what is needed from each.
By William H. Frist, MD, Former US Senate Majority Leader, and Ejaz Elahi, Dresner Partners
Introduction. In this article, we review the current state of the healthcare landscape, the fundamental causes of how we got here, and the legislative response. In addition, we offer...read more
I spoke last Thursday, February 17th, at the Health Care Reform Summit hosted by the University of Alabama Business School. Here is my full talk on the scope and intent of Obamacare, a little “inside baseball” on the passage of the bill, and the way forward.