Treatment for overactive thyroid linked to increased risk of dying from cancer

September 03, 2019
New Study at @UCSF shows Association of Radioactive Iodine Treatment With Cancer Mortality in Patients With Hyperthyroidism  CNN report: Link to study:

Study shows California’s physician shortage is getting worse

August 30, 2019
A recent study by Joanne Spetz and Janet Coffman, faculty members of the Healthforce Center at UCSF and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, indicates a growing shortage of physicians in California. The federal government recommends 60 to 80 primary care doctors per 100,000 people...

Bridging Big Gaps in Rural Care

August 07, 2019
Despite research showing that restrictive policies inhibit patients’ access to care and increase hospitalizations and emergency room visits, nurse practitioners in many states aren’t permitted to practice and prescribe without physician oversight. Meanwhile, 28 other states permit NPs to prescribe...

Conflicts of interest between the sugary food and beverage industry

July 19, 2019
Oral health at a tipping point: new Lancet Series lays out why oral health has been neglected and argues that radical public health action is needed. Comment on Conflicts of interest between the sugary food and beverage industry by Cristin Kearns,  and Lisa Bero

Medicare for All and Private Insurance: It is like mixing oil and water

July 19, 2019
Editorial by James Kahn, MD, emeritus professor at the The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF,  examines the potential role of private insurance in Medicare for All (M4A) or single payer health care. Read more:

California to Pay Off $58.6 million in Student Loans in Exchange for Treatment of Medi-Cal Patients

July 08, 2019
California will be paying off $58.6 million in studentloans this year for 247 physicians who, in exchange, committed to serve patients covered by Medi-Cal.Janet Coffman, associate professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, comments on the benefit to Medi-Cal patients. 

Nursing Demand and Supply in California: Do We Have A Shortage?

July 02, 2019
Concerns about a shortage of registered nurses in California have been rising, with one report claiming that California will need nearly 200,000 more nurses by 2030. Other studies show that there will be no statewide shortages, but that some regions face impending shortages and others may have...