A summary of important health news from the past week.
What does Brexit mean for UK health care?
In the wake of a vote by the citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU), there are questions to how this decision will impact the area's health care. the UK National Health service provides medical check-ups and many treatments for free, which will be seriously impacted by a post-Brexit recession.
Obama Threatens to Veto GOP-Backed Bill on Zika Virus Aid
The $1.1 billion measure proposed by the Republican-controlled Congress to address the Zika virus will likely die in a Democratic filibuster and possibly vetoed by President Obama, who requested a $1.9 billion provision. The measure also had spending cuts, including $543 unused funds from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Doctors, patients urge legislation to improve hospice, palliative care
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a bill designed to support increased training of hospice and palliative care medical professionals and to improve and increase funding for patient care. Dr. Atul Gawande told the committee that the current state of care is "often inadequate and inhumane."
Can Doctors Learn To Perform Abortions Without Doing One?
As abortion restrictions in states like Texas increase, it is increasingly difficult for OB-GYN medical residents to find a place to learn to do abortions. Dilation and curettage procedures, often called D and Cs, are used for both abortions and miscarriages, however when it is used for an elective abortion there are additional requirements physicians must learn.
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