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Singapore: A More Conservative Healthcare Model

Singapore has a health system widely considered by many conservatives as vastly superior to that of America’s. So what makes this healthcare system different than America’s, and how did the government of Singapore get this system to work? These questions should become clear at the end of this post. Singapore’s healthcare system is vastly different from our own. The first major difference is that it is far more regulated than America’s current system. To say that the government has some control over the market at all levels of healthcare is an understatement. The Ministry of Health has the ability to...

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Single Payer Healthcare

So what is single payer health care? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary single payer healthcare is defined as “of, relating to, or being a system in which healthcare-providers are paid for their services by the government rather than by private insurers”. Is this an accurate statement? I will now explain what a single-payer is, the strengths that it creates, and the limitations towards fixing healthcare that come from it. To begin with, is the definition of single payer healthcare, as given by Merriam Webster’s dictionary, correct? The answer is complex, but best summarized as, not exactly. Single-payer healthcare is generally...

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Healthcare in Transition

The Trump administration began with the bold declaration to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As time has passed, this has proven more difficult than the president originally planned. The problem has become that the lack of clarity upon what will happen as health insurance is reworked. This uncertainty has led to insurance companies losing their desire to stay in the ACA market places. Already, the ACA has resulted in one insurance company, Humana, suffering from particularly difficult losses and quitting the market place. With even more questions about the future of healthcare laws, it stands to reason that more...

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21st Century Cures Act – Promises or Problematic?

Late last year a new healthcare act was passed. The 21st Century Cures Act has been lauded by many on both sides as a compromise that would help many sick individuals. The 21st Century Cures Act promised to bolster new cures and create faster regulatory processes that would help the nation get promising innovative cures to those who need them. The basis of these claims is that the nation’s current set-up slows down innovation by asking for randomized control trials (RCTs) and spending too little on finding new cures. While these claims seem true on the surface, many criticize the...

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More Faculty, Staff, and Student Acheivements

USciences American Society of Consultant Pharmacists chapter volunteered at the Star Harbor Senior Center in March to introduce the Vial of Life program, which encourages individuals to have their complete medical information ready in their home in the event that first responders and emergency medical workers are called. The information would allow them to know about the person’s medications, allergies, and illnesses. The chapter has had a productive year, expanding opportunities on campus and off in the areas of leadership service, inter-professional education, working toward our mission for seniors’ medication safety, and networking. In April 2016, PCP ASCP members joined...

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More Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements

Dan Hussar and P4 student Melissa White are coauthors of an article, "New Drugs: Insulin degludec, Lixisenatide, and Patiromer sorbitex calcium," that has been published in the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Dan spoke on the topic, "New Drug Update 2016," at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in Dallas on November 6 and in a Grand Rounds presentation at Chambersburg Hospital on November 18. On November 20, he spoke with members of the Delaware County Pharmacists Association on the topic, "The Future of Our Profession." Islam Ghazi recently published two...

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The U.S. Surgeon General "Facing Addiction" report challenges myths, offers transforming vision

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has released a landmark public health report with a vision for transforming our behavioral health system so that we can adequately treat substance use disorders in America. Coming in the midst of an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic, the document spells out why federal officials have shifted their approach on drug control policy to a public health approach. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health was released on Nov. 17, 2016 with fanfare, during a live-streamed broadcast from the Paramount Studios in California, featuring health agency officials, celebrity speakers, recovery...

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More Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements

Dorela Prifanji PharmD’17 was recognized with the Student Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists. The award is given to a student actively involved in initiatives related to advancing the practice of health system pharmacy. Lia Vas PhD, professor of mathematics, has been granted sabbatical leave during which she has received approximately seven invitations to present at institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and Norway while also collaborating on a research project with Dr. Roozbeh Hazrat of Wester Sydney University in Australia. Dr. Vas said she hopes to increase visibility of research at USciences and foster new projects...

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USciences Physics Students Attend PhysCon in San Francisco

Students from USciences’ Society of Physics Students (SPS) traveled to San Francisco, Calif. in November 2016 for PhysCon, the quadrennial physics conference held by the National Society of Physics Students. From Left to Right: Caitlyn McConnell, Oberon Wackwitz, Mia Vega, Katee O'Malley, Luke Conover toured San Francisco during PhysCon. During the trip the group attended the conference, hearing from Dr. S. James Gates, a theoretical physicist known for his work in supersymmetry, who recently won the National Medal of Science for his outstanding contributions to the field of physics, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Cornell. Additionally, the students participated in...

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USciences students get a lesson on alcohol abuse prevention, public safety

Approximately 200 University of the Sciences students discussed the ramifications of drug and alcohol abuse, noise violations, underage drinking and the use of fake IDs at a meeting with an officer from the Philadelphia Police Department last month hosted by the Office of Student Engagement. On Wednesday, October 26th, Lt. Derek Hawkins, commanding officer at University City District, spoke to USciences students involved in fraternities and sororities about hot topics that impact college students. Following Lt. Hawkins' presentation, a question and answer session was held giving students the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the topics discussed. Each semester, fraternity...

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