Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Has Offered Free Tuition Since 2008

As medical educators, we applaud the decision by NYU’s School of Medicine to provide tuition-free medical education to all its medical students. As the enlightened architects of that policy are well aware, the costs of medical education and the high debt burden born by many medical students often condition students’ choices, forcing consideration of indebtedness … Read More

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Costing Consumers Millions of Dollars

Cleveland Clinic Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Knoer writes in STAT News:   “Pharmacy benefit managers market themselves as keen negotiators able to squeeze pharmaceutical manufacturers for better deals that save money for insurers, patients, and society. Yet they are turning out to be little more than middlemen, adding scant value but significantly increasing costs. They have … Read More

How Facing Death Changed the Way I Treat Patients

Fear and anxiety are powerful emotions, especially when a patient faces an unsettling medical diagnosis. As a healthcare provider, I see it every day. But as a cancer clinician in particular, I am extra mindful of the thoughts and emotions that wash over newly-diagnosed patients. One of the keys to being a good physician is … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Doesn’t End in October

By Jame Abraham, M.D. Director of Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program Co-Director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program @jamecancerdoc My patient Jackie, 39 years old, was alone for her visit but on a mission. Bald, she never wore a cap or bandana. Her big black eyes, were full of strength and joy.  “I think … Read More

It’s Time to Focus on Real Healthcare Reform

  By Toby Cosgrove, M.D. Cleveland Clinic president and CEO Now that the latest effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act has failed, it’s time to propose real fixes to the federal law that will actually improve healthcare for all Americans. My hope is that Congress can now undertake a sober, bipartisan analysis … Read More