Abortion Clinics Online - A directory service comprised of websites of over 250 providers of abortion services and other reproductive health care.
Access to Medicines - Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program works with partners worldwide to improve health outcomes and save lives, through use of pharmaceutical cost-lowering measures including generic competition. Helps civil society groups and public agencies overcome patent-based and other drug monopolies. Its work challenges Big Pharma's economic and political power.
Administrators in Medicine (AIM): Docfinder - AIM's DocFinder contains licensing background and disciplinary information for physicians and other health care practitioners along with more detailed medical malpractice, hospital discipline and criminal conviction information from physician profile law states.
Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Inc. - Helps patients regardless of their ability to pay. Provides free services to patients nationwide in areas including health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment discrimination, educational equity, and resource location.
Affordable Care Act - U.S. law puts in place strong consumer protections, provides new coverage options and gives you the tools you need to make informed choices about your health. Read full text of the law.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues.
AllTrials - Around half of all clinical trials have not been published; some trials have not even been registered. If action is not taken urgently, information on what was done and what was found in trials could be lost forever, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated unnecessarily. This initiative seeks to remedy this.
American Hospital Association (AHA) - U.S. organization of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members form the AHA.
American Medical Association (AMA) - U.S. physician's group and advocate on health issues in the U.S. Also provides inforamtion about physician profiles, publications and licensing.
American Public Health Association (APHA) - The oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health.
Arbor Nutrition Guide - Clinical Nutrition has material on nutrition in medicine, nutritional diseases and high risk groups. Applied Nutrition deals with resources in areas such as dietetics, public health, lay and patient information, alternative medicine, nutrition education, journals and multimedia. Food Science contains links on food composition, food science and food safety. Food has material on eating and dining, the food industry and food service.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. Since 1972, the Bazelon Center has successfully challenged many barriers. Their precedent-setting litigation has outlawed institutional abuse and won protections against arbitrary confinement. In the courts and in Congress, the Bazelon Center's advocacy has opened up public schools, workplaces, housing and other opportunities for community life.
Bioinitiative Report - Report on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health documenting concerns about current limits regulating how much EMF is allowable from power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of EMF exposure in daily life.
Breast Cancer Action (BCA) - BCA is a grassroots group: ordinary people who, by educating themselves on the facts and the issues related to breast cancer, have empowered themselves and others to create needed change. Breast Cancer Action advocates for true prevention through understanding and eliminating the causes of breast cancer, a true cure with treatments that don't nearly kill people or cause other diseases, and universal access to quality health care.
Breast Cancer Fund, The (TBCF) - In response to the public health crisis of breast cancer, TBCF identifies - and advocates for elimination of - the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease
California Health Advocates - Dedicated to Medicare advocacy and education for Californians. Provides accurate, unbiased, user-friendly information about Medicare benefits for people who live in California. Also see:
California Healthcare Information Division: Annual Financial Data Hospital Chargemasters - A hospital charge description master, also known as a chargemaster or CDM, contains the prices of all services, goods, and procedures for which a separate charge exists. It is used to generate a patient's bill. As required by the Payers' Bill of Rights, each hospital is required to submit a copy of its chargemaster, a list of average charges for 25 common outpatient procedures
Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines - Many drugs are too expensive for those in the developing world to buy. Other life-saving treatments are not available because manufacturers have abandoned their production because they were not considered profitable enough. The MSF Access to Essential Medicines Campaign is pushing to increase access to specific medicines.
Cancer Prevention Coalition - A nationwide coalition of leading independent experts in cancer prevention and public health, together with citizen activists and representatives of organized labor, public interest, environmental and women's health groups.
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) - International reproductive health and rights organization. Its main goal is to improve the practices of institutional actors such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which receive large amounts of U.S. international assistance, and which, in partnership with governments, wield great influence on policies and programs affecting people worldwide.
Center for Medicare Advocacy - A national nonprofit, nonpartisan law organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care. The Center is headquartered in Connecticut and Washington, DC with offices throughout the country.
Center for Medical Consumers - Committed to broadening public awareness about the safety and quality problems that pervade America's health care system.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare program, Medicaid program, and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) - three national health care programs that benefit over 80 million Americans. Also see:
Center for Progressive Regulation (CPR) - A nonprofit research and educational organization of university-affiliated academics with expertise in the legal, economic, and scientific issues related to regulation of health, safety, and the environment.
Commonweal - Health and environmental research institute in the Point Reyes National Seashore outside the coastal town of Bolinas, California. Principal areas of work are with (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for a healthy and sustainable future.
Commonwealth Fund - Promotes a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
Congressional Budget Office: Health Care - Health is a growing area of analysis for CBO, with work done across the agency. CBO's health work is divided into two categories: (1) estimating the budgetary impact of federal health programs and (2) preparing studies on health policy issues.
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) - Gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events. Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102 percent of the cost to the plan. Also see:
COBRA Continuation Coverage Assistance Under ARRA - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA premiums and the remaining 65 percent is reimbursed to the coverage provider through a tax credit. The premium reduction applies to periods of health coverage beginning on or after February 17, 2009 and lasts for up to nine months for those eligible for COBRA during the period beginning September 1, 2008 and ending December 31, 2009 due to an involuntary termination of employment that occurred during that period. The TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009, enacted as part of ARRA, also made changes with regard to COBRA continuation coverage.
COBRA Continuation Health Coverage FAQs - Provides a general explanation of COBRA requirements, outline the rules that apply to health plans for employees in the private sector, and spotlight benefits under the law.
Consumer Watchdog Campaign to Make Health Insurance Companies Justify Their Rates - A coalition of policyholders, nurses, attorneys and consumer advocates with major funding by Consumer Watchdog Campaign Committee and Thomas Steyer. By 2014, federal health reform will require all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine. But rising premiums are making health insurance unaffordable, and health insurance companies in California don't have to explain to anyone how or why they're raising rates. The Consumer Watchdog Campaign is fighting for an Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act in California that will make health insurance prices transparent and accountable. This 2014 ballot measure would also empower California's insurance commissioner to retroactively order refunds for excessive rates.
Death with Dignity Alliance - The cooperative public education and fundraising effort of two organizations dedicated to expanding end-of-life choices.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays. It administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined.
Doctors Without Borders - The world's largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization.
Dollars for Docs - Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. But 15 companies have begun publishing the information, some because of legal settlements. Use this tool from ProPublica to search for payments.
Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) - Health services research agency. ECRI's focus is healthcare technology, healthcare risk and quality management, and healthcare environmental management. It provides information services and technical assistance to more than 5,000 hospitals, healthcare organizations, ministries of health, government and planning agencies, voluntary sector organizations, associations, and accrediting agencies worldwide.
Employment Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) - Committed to educating and assisting the 150 million Americans covered by more than 695,000 private retirement plans, 2.8 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans holding near $5 trillion in assets; as well as plan sponsors and members of the employee benefits community. See Compliance Assistance for information on health plans, COBRA, HIPAA, and more. Also see:
Health Benefits Advisor - Interactive Web site assists employers in understanding and complying with federal group health plan laws.
facta - A leading, full-service market research, business intelligence and consulting firms with a particular emphasis on the healthcare industry in emerging markets.
FAIR Health - Source for transparent, current and reliable healthcare charge information. As an independent not-for-profit corporation, FAIR Health offers unbiased data products and services to consumers, the healthcare community, employers, unions, government agencies, policymakers and researchers.
Families USA - Dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Produces highly respected health policy reports describing the problems facing health care consumers and outlining steps to solve them.
FierceHealthIT - A leading source of healthcare IT news with a special focus on CPOE, EMR adoption, HIPAA compliance and other critical areas.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - It is FDA's job to see that the food we eat is safe and wholesome, the cosmetics we use won't hurt us, the medicines and medical devices we use are safe and effective, and that radiation-emitting products such as microwave ovens won't do us harm. This site provides information for those interested in the many products FDA regulates and in the agency's responsibilities.
Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) - An independent body studying the interaction between information technology and society. Its goal is to identify technical developments with significant social impact, commission and undertake research into public policy alternatives, and promote public understanding and dialogue between technologists and policy-makers in the UK and Europe. E.g., see the Health Privacy page.
Global Coalition on Women and AIDS - UNAIDS initiative to raise the visibility of issues related to women, girls and AIDS and lead to concrete, measurable improvements in the lives of women and girls.
Global Dump Soda Campaign - Aims to reduce consumption of high calorie carbonated sodas and other beverages as part of an international campaign to improve diet and health.
Global Health Council - A voice for action on global health issues and for progress in the global health field.
GlobalHealth.gov - Focuses on links between domestic and international health issues.
Grass Roots Change - The mission of Grassroots Change is to empower grassroots leaders to build and sustain effective public health movements at the local, state, and national levels.
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics - The Haight Ashbury Free Clinics believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, that healthcare should be free at the point of delivery, and it should be comprehensive, nonjudgmental, demystified, and humane. Based in San Francisco, California.
Health Access - Dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for Californians.
Health Affairs - Journal of health policy thought and research, a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in medicine, health care, and health care policy.
Health and Safety - Public Citizen's work in health and safety has focused on protecting consumers by advocating for stronger physician accountability; safer, more effective drugs, medical devices and dietary supplements; equitable health care; safer streets, cars and trucks; and improvements in worker and product safety.
Health Canada - Canada's federal department responsible for helping the people of Canadin healthcare.
Health Care for All - Dedicated to making adequate and affordable health care accessible to everyone, regardless of income, social or economic status.
Health Care for All - California - Regards health care as a human right. Dedicated to ensuring that all Californians have comprehensive, reliable, and affordable health insurance.
Health Care Without Harm - A collaborative campaign for environmentally responsible health care made up of more than 250 organizations, whose mission is to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of environmental harm by eliminating pollution in health care practices without compromising safety or care.
Health First Europe - A platform by and for patient groups, healthcare workers, academics, experts and the medical technology industry to encourage reflection and dialogue on the future of healthcare in Europe at a time of demographic and technological revolution.
Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) - Prominent trade association representing the private health care system in the U.S. Its 294 members provide health, long-term care, dental, disability, and supplemental coverage to more than 123 million Americans.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) - Full text of the original act. Also see Wikipedia article: Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. Title II of HIPAA, known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers. This is intended to help people keep their information private, though in practice it is normal for providers and health insurance plans to require the waiver of HIPAA rights as a condition of service." See 42 USC 1320d here. For comprehensive information on medical privacy implications, including national standards to protect the privacy of personal health information in the U.S., see Office for Civil Rights - HIPAA page. A summary of key elements of the Privacy Rule and description of the Enforcement and Penalties for Noncompliance may be found here. What are the potential penalties for a HIPAA violation? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides federal standards for the privacy and security of personally identifiable medical information. A person who knowingly violates the provisions of HIPAA may be subject to a fine of $100 to $50,000 and / or 1 year in prison for each offense. If the offense was committed under false pretenses then the fine may be raised to $100,000 and the prison term may be increased to 5 years in prison. Finally, for the most egregious HIPAA violations where the offense was committed with the intent to sell, financially benefit or maliciously use someone's personally identifiable medical information the fine can be raised to $250,000 and the prison term may be increased to 10 years in prison. Smaller civil fines of around $100 per violation may also be imposed.
Health System Change (HSC) - The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designs and conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry.
Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland - A statewide grassroots campaign that strives for universal healthcare in Maryland ounded in 2012 by United Workers, Healthcare-NOW! Maryland, and Physicians for a National Health Program-Maryland.
Healthcare-NOW - Fighting to win a national single-payer healthcare system.
HealthDay - A daily news feed of consumer health news stories.
HealthNex - Networked, patient-centric healthcare: electronic health records, health information exchange, clinical transformation, biobanking, etc.
Healthworkers - Believes the Bush program to vaccinate all health care workers against smallpox is unscientific, unethical, and dangerous. Maintains that Bush's program appears designed to validate his war agenda rather than to protect the public's health. Argues that the risks of the smallpox vaccination campaign far outweigh any presumed benefit- and that we don't have to go along with it.
HealthWrights - A non-profit organization committed to advancing the health, basic rights, social equality, and self-determination of disadvantaged persons and groups. Focuses mainly in the Third World in the South, but also increasingly in disadvantaged communities in the North.
HealthyPeople.gov - A statement of U.S. national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.
IMS Health - Information, analytics, healthcare measurement, services and technology for the healthcare industry. Covers markets in 100+ countries around the world.
Incidental Economist, The - A blog about the U.S. health care system and its organization, how it works, how it fails, and what to do about it.
IndependentWHO - Objective is to get the World Health Organisation (WHO) to fulfil its duty to protect those populations affected by radioactive contamination, and therefore, among other things, to revise the agreement that it signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 28th May 1959 (WHA 12-40). This agreement makes WHO subordinate to the authority of the IAEA, the global promoter of the nuclear industry, in matters relating to ionising radiation.
Influenza A(H1N1) - WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of influenza A(H1N1) and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Information on this page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information useful for the general public. Up-to-date numbers of cases are included in the most recent disease outbreak.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies - Science-based advice about issues of medicine and public health. The Institute's work centers principally on committee reports or studies on subjects ranging from HIV prevention to how to provide clinical care in extended space flight; from research opportunities at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to protecting the nation's food supply.
Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations - Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States. Although America leads the world in spending on health care, it is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage. To help policy-makers, elected officials, and others judge and compare proposals to extend coverage to the nation's 43 million uninsured, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies offers a set of guiding principles and a checklist in a new report, Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations.
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) - Provides professional assistance and financial support, $1.5-2.0 million annually, to local organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Advocates at intergovernmental conferences, and collaborate with the UN Population Fund, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other international agencies to generate essential policies and resource flows that benefit women and their families.
James Lind Alliance - An intitiative bringing together patients, carers and clinicians together to identify and prioritise the top 10 uncertainties, or 'unanswered questions', about the effects of treatments that they agree are most important.
Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) - A global, knowledge-based organization which disseminates information regarding accreditation, standards development and compliance, good practices, and health care quality improvement.
Making Health Care Work for All Campaign - Launched by the national partners to address opportunities offered by the federally funded Citizens' Health Care Working Group, which was charged by Congress to engage Americans in a national discussion about what is important for health care to work for all in the U.S. and to make recommendations to the Congress and the President based on what they learned Americans want.
Massachusetts Medical Society - Advocacy and support of physician practices in order to secure quality care: workforce issues, pay for performance, physician payment reform, development of information technology, medical student debt reduction, tort reform, health system reform, universal coverage, public health. Publishers of The New England Journal of Medicine.
Mathematica Policy Research - Research informing health care, welfare, education, employment, nutrition, and early childhood policies and programs in the United States.
MedAct - Charitable organisation of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are concerned about major threats to health such as violent conflict, poverty and environmental degradation.
Medicaid Resource Book - This reference book describes four pivotal aspects of how the Medicaid program operates - who it covers, what it covers, how it is financed, and how it is administered. It was written to assist the public and policymakers in understanding the structure and operation of the Medicaid program.
Medical Privacy Coalition - A national partnership of organizations concerned about the threat to Americans' fundamental right to protect their medical information.
Medical Students for Choice (MSC) - MSC is more than 5000 medical students and residents representing students at more than 100 medical schools across the U.S. and Canada. MSC works with other national groups (and individual medical schools) to encourage medical school and residency programs to add training in abortion to their curriculum.
Medicare Provider Charge Data - Data is being released here that shows a significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services. The data provided here include hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge using the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for Fiscal Year 2011. These DRGs represent almost 7 million discharges or 60 percent of total Medicare IPPS discharges.
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) - Provides telephone hotline services to older adults and people with disabilities who need answers to Medicare questions or help securing coverage and getting the health care they need.
Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - The executive agency of the UK Department of Health protecting and promoting public health and patient safety by ensuring that medicines, healthcare products and medical equipment meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, performance and effectiveness, and are used safely.
Medicine Program Rx - Program assisting patients who may qualify to enroll in one or more of the many patient assistance programs now available.
MediRegs - Compliance research tools for healthcare providers and for pharmaceutical, medical device, and food manufacturers.
Mississippi Center for Justice - Seeks systemic solutions that promote educational opportunity, protect the rights of consumers, secure access to healthcare, ensure equity in disaster recovery and put affordable housing within the reach of all Mississippians.
National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) - The lead national organization for emergency medical services (EMS), a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems.
National Health Law Program (NHeLP) - A national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.
National Health Service (NHS) Gateway (UK) - Provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the NHS and general health issues, bringing together access to a wide range of health related websites.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) - The U.S. Congress created the VICP to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals thought to be injured by childhood vaccines. The VICP, which went into effect on October 1, 1988, is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims, whether the vaccine is administered in the public or private sector.
Natural Solutions Foundation (NSF) - Created to protect, promote and defend health freedom. "Domestically, the U.S. faces threats such as privacy violations (HIPPA, Real ID, etc.) continuing assaults on DSHEA, witch hunts against advanced medical practitioners, stifled new medical technologies, 'practice guidelines' designed to straight jacket doctors and force them into pharmaceutical treatment of diseases and conditions that are better treated in other ways. Internationally, we face Codex Alimentarius. Domestically, we face harmonization with Codex if DSHEA and other protective laws are overturned or gutted."
New York State Office of Mental Health - Operates psychiatric centers across New York. Regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies.
No Free Lunch - Health care providers - physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, among others - who believe that pharmaceutical promotion should not guide clinical practice, and that over-zealous promotional practices can lead to bad patient care. Encourages health care practitioners to provide high quality care based on unbiased evidence rather than on biased pharmaceutical promotion.
OECD Health Data - Offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool for health researchers and policy advisors in governments, the private sector and the academic community, to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health care systems.
Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) - The standard in employee absence management, with protocols for workers' comp, STD, and LTD. ODG is succinct, straightforward, complete, and authoritative - based on an aggregate of over 10 million disability cases and a decade of research, including a systematic medical literature review.
On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying - PBS series moderated by Bill Moyers visits the bedsides of the dying and investigates efforts to improve end-of-life care. Site provides extensive related links to the subject of dying.
Oregon Death with Dignity Act - On October 27, 1997 physician-assisted suicide became a legal medical option for terminally ill Oregonians. The Act requires that the Oregon Health Services (OHS) monitor compliance with the law, collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in legal physician-assisted suicide, and publish an annual statistical report.
OurNHS - Brings together and helps resource existing networks, campaigns, bloggers, journalists, unions, activists, patient groups, health bodies, academics and concerned citizens who want to save the UK's National Health Service (NHS), providing a hub for debate, reporting, campaigning and strategy-building.
Pain and Policies Studies Group (PPSG) - Facilitates public access to information about pain relief and public policy, including material published by the PPSG and other authoritative sources.
Partners in Health (PIH) - PIH uses all means at its disposal to make people well-from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Also see Resources page.
Partnership for Prevention - Educational briefings, policy research, and forums for governments and private organizations to forge agendas.
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) - A national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - A federal statute that was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate and signed into law in the United States by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (signed into law on March 30, 2010), the Act is the product of the health care reform agenda of the Democratic 111th Congress and the Obama administration. Also see Health Care Law & You intro at HealthCare.gov.
Psychologists' & Physicians' Involvement in Detainee Interrogations - The issue of psychologists and physicians participating in the planning or implementation of detainee interrogation in settings like the Guantanamo Bay Detainment Camp and the Abu Ghraibprison has sparked continuing controversy, formal ethics statements by health care associations (e.g., the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association), and a rich array of thoughtful articles expressing diverse views. This web page provides citations of over 230 articles, books, and chapters addressing this controversy.
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - PNHP believes that access to high-quality health care is a right of all people and should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. The mission of PNHP is to educate physicians, other health workers, and the general public on the need for a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded health care program, equitably-accessible to all residents of the U.S. Equitable accessibility requires the removal of the barriers to adequate health care currently faced by the uninsured, the poor, minority populations and immigrants, both documented and undocumented. Also see PNHP California.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) - PSR is committed to the promotion of global health, eliminating weapons of mass destruction, preserving a sustainable environment, and reducing interpersonal violence and its causes.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America - Provides comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual and advocates public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services.
Polio: Global Eradication Initiative - A public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It can strike at any age, but affects mainly children under three (over 50% of all cases). The disease causes paralysis, which is almost always permanent.
President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) - The PMI represents an historic five-year expansion of U.S. Government (USG) resources to fight malaria in the region most affected by the disease. PMI is an interagency initiative led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is overseen by a PMI Coordinator and an Interagency Steering Group made up of representatives of USAID, CDC/HHS, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Office of Management and Budget.
Quackwatch - Guide to health fraud, quackery and intelligent decisions.
RAND Health - The largest private health care research organization in the U.S. Helps shape private- and public-sector responses to emerging health care issues. Health-related research is also conducted in RAND's military research areas, in RAND Europe, and in the Labor and Population Program, among others.
Revolution Magazine - Personal stories of direct care nurses who are making a difference and investigative reports that expose the people and institutions who are undermining the quality of health care they try to provide. Plus, nursing news across the United States, Canada and around the world.
Roll Back Malaria (RBM) - The RBM Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions. RBM's overall strategy aims to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage and strengthening health systems. The Global Malaria Action Plan defines two stages of malaria control: (1) scaling-up for impact (SUFI) of preventive and therapeutic interventions, and (2) sustaining control over time.
Rural Assistance Center (RAC) - Established as a rural health and human services information portal to help rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.
Sense About Science - A charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.
Single Payer Action - A national non-profit founded by activists seeking to implement a single payer health insurance -- Medicare-for-all -- in our lifetime.
Sound Partners - A competitive national grant program for public radio stations. Grants are awarded to public radio stations submitting proposals that demonstrate how community-centered journalism can positively affect the ways in which local health care issues are addressed.
State Health Facts (Kaiser) - A project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. Provides data on over 500 health, health care, and health policy topics.
Staying Alive Campaign - Staying Alive began in 1998 as an Emmy award-winning documentary profiling the lives of six young people from around the world infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Growing from the tradition of annual documentaries, Staying Alive is expanding to include a multi-tiered campaign to promote awareness about and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the international youth community.
Think Before You Pink - Concerned about what appears to be a trend of companies claiming to support the fight against breast cancer while using or producing toxins that may increase a person's risk of developing the disease.
Tobacco - Tobacco issues, tobacco and smoking-related news, addresses, tobacco history, cigarette seduction, movie and book lists, health info, quit-smoking, smokeless tobacco tips.
Ultimate Birth Control Links Page - Extensive links to birth control information provided so that individuals of all ages can make informed decisions about sexual activity and potential childbearing.
UNITAID - An international drug purchase facility, established to provide long-term, sustainable and predictable funding to increase access and reduce prices of quality drugs and diagnostics for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries.
United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) - Brings together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for people living with HIV, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic. With its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the UNAIDS Secretariat works on the ground in more than 80 countries worldwide.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) - An independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists). The USPSTF conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services (such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. These recommendations are published in the form of "Recommendation Statements."
Vermont Healthcare for All - Educating the public about the advantages of a universal publicly financed health care system for Vermont.
World AIDS Day - World AIDS Day began in 1988 to focus global attention on the HIV/AIDS epidemic across countries, organizations and governments. Each year, World AIDS Day follows a theme. This year's campaign, "Live and let live," focuses on stigma and discrimination.
World Health Organization (WHO) - The United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World Health Assembly. The Health Assembly is composed of representatives from WHO's Member States. Also see WHO Research Tools and MediaCentre pages.
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