March 2017

To Challenge the Status Quo: Staging a Teach-In on Access to Medicines

In mid-February the Harvard Financial Analysts Club invited Martin Shkreli to campus to give a talk on “healthcare and investing.” This worried a significant portion of Harvard students on many fronts. I write here from the perspective of the Global Health & AIDS Coalition (GHAC).

Martin Shkreli, perhaps better known as Pharma Bro, earned himself a mix of infamy and admiration after hiking the price of Daraprim– a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis (a symptom in immunocompromised patients) – from $13.50 to $750 overnight. Shkreli’s investing approach can be broken down quite simply… Read more about To Challenge the Status Quo: Staging a Teach-In on Access to Medicines

Medical deserts in America: Why we need to advocate for rural healthcare

In July 2015, H.R. 3225, the Save Rural Hospitals Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives. The goal of this bill was to help stabilize rural hospitals through financial relief and to halt the recent healthcare spending cuts that had led to rural hospital closures across the nation. When sequestration and Medicare cuts began to hit hospitals, the rate of rural hospital closures increased six-fold between 2010 and 2015. Currently, 673 additional rural medical facilities are at risk of… Read more about Medical deserts in America: Why we need to advocate for rural healthcare