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A physician shares how patient choice can open the door to racist comments to doctors. A professor writes that vaccinations will take a hit if the Trump administration topples the ACA. A medical officer and health economist describes how snakebites are on the rise due to climate change. And those are just a few of this week's First Opinions. Read on for the rest. Have an idea for First Opinion? Send it to first.opinion@statnews.com

Prejudice and patient choice: an insidious confluence in medicine

By Uchenna Ikediobi

Alex Hogan/STAT

Viewing health care as a menu of services from which patients can choose opens the door to their making racist comments to doctors.

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Vaccinations will take a hit if the Trump administration topples the Affordable Care Act

By John Aloysius Cogan Jr.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans must cover recommended vaccines with no out-of-pocket costs. Ousting it threatens public health.

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Snakebites are on the rise as snakes migrate with climate change

By Walter Ochieng

RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images

Snakebites kill as many as 100,000 people a year, a number that is likely to grow as snakes migrate in response to climate change.

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Ignoring evidence begot Medicare’s dangerous hospital readmissions penalty

By Stephen Soumerai and Kip Sullivan

Adobe

The pay-for-performance program that penalizes hospitals for "excess" readmissions wasn't based on evidence. It has ended up harming patients.

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Diagnostics are essential for universal health coverage to succeed

By Madhukar Pai and Catharina Boehme and Ilona Kickbusch

PABALLO THEKISO/AFP/Getty Images

As countries make progress towards implementing universal health coverage, diagnostics must be included as a key component of such packages.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

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