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HEALTHCARE



Funding for nutritional health science research.

There is much evidence on the effects of diet upon the health of the individual and the possibilities of cures from nature.  Plentiful enough is this evidence, that we should be investing in the possibility of advancements in this area.  Simple, cost-effective nutritional research, along with the promotion of clean eating and living, could lead to major breakthroughs in areas of degenerative diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  

In Missouri, especially here in Columbia, people care about leading healthy lifestyles: numerous trails, sports facilities, parks, health food stores, among others are evidence of this fact. My proposal is to make Missouri the leader in nutritional healthcare by educating our citizenry and seizing the opportunity to advance nutritional health knowledge.  

Ambulatory surgery centers

Hospitals and laboratories in the United States must be registered with regulatory agencies. There are 3 regulatory agencies for hospitals and 7 for Laboratories.  All hospitals, and laboratories must comply with minimum standards imposed by CLIA 88’.  These facilities receive periodic inspections by the aforementioned agencies and much of the time they are registered with more than one agency, therefore complying with multiple sets of regulation.  This is more than a formality or an unjust burden. This is about keeping patients safe and ensuring strict compliance with minimum safety standards. Our loved ones’ lives could depend on it.

My proposal is that all medical facilities where surgical procedures are performed must be registered and submit to these inspections.  These inspections are necessary and could mean the difference between life and death.

Tort Reform in the Medical Field

TORT is a wrongful act or an infringement of a right leading to civil legal liability, except when the act occurs under contract.  Tort reform in the specific area of medical practice has been a subject of discussion for years and has had no viable solution yet.  

My proposal to solve this problem is to follow the model of the American Dental Association (ADA) on malpractice in which each unique case is handled anonymously and decided ultimately by a board of practitioners who analyze the different nuances of each individual case. If the board rules the case malpractice, then a lawsuit can be brought. Otherwise the case is thrown out and not allowed to go to court, thus saving the courts the time and money of deciding a frivolous case. It is worth  to mention the double benefit effect that this could have on both patients and practitioners’ costs: doctors could save thousands of dollars on malpractice insurance AND patients could see a considerable reduction in their medical bills.

Why Medicaid Expansion is a bad idea for Missouri

Why would any person be against medicaid expansion in Missouri? The reason for my opposition is simply because it runs counter to the Constitution, which clearly delineates the powers of the federal government and clearly states that any power not specifically delegated to the federal government by the document, is afforded to the states and the people.  

It is true that the expansion of Medicaid would bring many extra federal dollars to the state.  However, extra federal dollars mean extra regulations, a burden that our State and citizens do not need. Government runs best when it is smallest and least intrusive.  Expansion of Medicaid will only bloat an already enlarged federal monster. Medicaid Expansion is at best, unsustainable, and would eventually requires US, THE TAXPAYERS, to pay higher taxes due to the extra burden of more people on the Medicaid rolls. Do we really want to impose this monster on middle-class Missourian families?