Trumpcare: Is it the Right Treatment for what Ails the American Health Care System?

October 11, 2017
All health care systems must strike a delicate balance between cost, quality and access. While Obamacare focused largely on increasing access to coverage and spreading the cost of illness across the entire population, Trumpcare tips the balance largely in favor of reducing federal spending, at the...

When It Comes To Doctor Access, The San Joaquin Valley Is Being Left Behind

August 30, 2017
The US could be short of at least 40,000 doctors by the year 2030. In particular, San Joaquin Valley is already being impacted. According to Janet Coffman, a professor of health policy at the Healthforce Center at UC San Francisco, the problem is particularly pronounced here. “The San Joaquin...

A look at the Tobacco Industry's marketing of Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products

August 25, 2017
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is recommended for tobacco cessation on the basis of pharmaceutical industry research showing its effectiveness when combined with counseling. The tobacco industry opposed NRT when it first appeared in the 1980s but by 2016 was marketing its own NRT products....

Report Predicts a Deficit of 4,700 Clinicians by 2025

August 15, 2017
This second report in a series of three Healthforce Center reports on primary care in California, unveils projections of a statewide primary care clinician shortfall in the next 15 years, with the most severe shortages in the Central Valley, Central Coast and Southern Border areas. Key Findings...

Examining the evidence linking factors in early adulthood to subsequent cancer risk

August 14, 2017
The latest estimates suggest that, by 2020, more than 1.9 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer each year. In a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a noted group of experts examines the evidence linking factors in early adulthood (18 to 44 years of age) to...