Health Care

Reports: Drug manufacturers and middlemen both responsible for rising prices

BY: - May 19, 2021

The world of prescription drug pricing can be bewildering — intentionally so, some critics of the industry claim.  Whether that’s true or not, several reports this year show that the supply chain’s alchemy of list prices, rebates and net prices hurts consumers. And a U.S. Senate report says drugmakers and middlemen share the blame. The […]

Gun injuries, deaths and ownership in Minnesota, in five charts

BY: - May 13, 2021

Minnesota had the country’s 13th-lowest rate of hospitalization for firearm injuries from 2000 to 2016, according to a new report from research organization RAND Corporation. The report provides a first-of-its-kind estimate of inpatient hospitalizations for firearm injuries for all 50 states. Previously, there had been no single source of national data about gun injuries, which […]

Heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism related at hearing

BY: - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was pregnant with her first child, Zion, she saw a sign in her doctor’s office encouraging her to speak up about anything unusual she was feeling. She did so, telling her physician that she was having severe pains, but her concerns were swiftly dismissed. The doctor […]

Redistricting: Your questions answered

BY: - April 23, 2021

Redistricting is just every ten years, so it is easy to miss. The process can seem intentionally murky and designed to allow politicians to choose their voters instead of the other way around. Frustrating as it may seem, understanding redistricting is a key step in being informed about who represents you. Here’s the basics:  What […]

Survey: Minnesota’s vaccine hesitancy rate among nation’s lowest

BY: - April 16, 2021

About 11% of Minnesotans are hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, one of the lowest rates in the nation, according to a federal survey. Vaccine hesitancy rates range from 31% in Wyoming to 7% in Vermont and Massachusetts. Minnesota’s rate is among the nation’s six lowest and suggests that the state may be able to […]

Photo illustration of nurses in a hospital

Minnesota hospitals’ operating margins fell to 1.4% in 2019

BY: - April 2, 2021

Minnesota hospitals’ operating margins fell to 1.4% in 2019, marking the sixth consecutive year of decline, according to a report released Thursday by the Minnesota Hospital Association. Hospitals are facing financial challenges from declining federal and commercial reimbursements, health care workforce shortages and rising costs of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and technology, according to the report. […]

High demand for COVID-19 vaccine eases fear of hesitancy, but resistance among Republicans, other groups remain

BY: and - April 2, 2021

Before a row of cameras, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Tim Walz and former GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty rolled up their sleeves and relaxed their arms as both men received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.  The bipartisan effort to encourage Minnesotans to seek innoculation against COVID-19 came on the day all state residents 16 […]

As vaccine eligibility widens, Walz warns Minnesotans are likely to meet waits for appointments

BY: - March 26, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday cautioned that while vaccine eligibility will be open to all Minnesotans 16 and older starting on Tuesday, people are likely to encounter waits for appointments.  A day after the administration announced the development, Walz said in a statewide address that Minnesota is expecting a large surge in vaccination supply next […]

Photo of Planned Parenthood sign on building

Planned Parenthood study to focus on male contraceptives

BY: - March 25, 2021

Planned Parenthood is launching a two-year study looking into how men and their partners view male contraceptive options. The study by St. Paul-based Planned Parenthood North Central States will explore alternatives to condoms, vasectomies and withdrawal. Researchers are developing other methods to target sperm, both hormonal and non-hormonal, and expect that these products will be […]

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice disciplines Iowa physician for ‘dangerous prescribing practices’

BY: - March 24, 2021

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has disciplined an Iowa doctor accused of dangerous prescribing practices. The physician, Dr. Dennis E. Colby, voluntarily surrendered his license and can no longer practice in Minnesota. Colby now faces a statement of charges by the Iowa Board of Medicine, as well. The Iowa board has not publicly disclosed […]

How Inequity Gets Built Into America’s Vaccination System

BY: and - March 5, 2021

This story was originally published by ProPublica. It’s a fact that simply being eligible for a vaccine in America doesn’t mean that you can instantly get one. Yet the ability to get to the front of the line isn’t the same for everyone. ProPublica has found that, whether intentionally or not, some vaccine programs have […]

COMMENTARY

The role of health care equity in improving public safety | Opinion

BY: , and - March 1, 2021

Health and access to affordable, high-quality health care play key roles in creating the conditions necessary for true public safety — and they are too often left out of the conversation altogether. As caregivers and health educators with frontline experience partnering with marginalized communities, we recognize that mental health services both prevent and address mental […]