- Apr 16, 2021
Experimental treatments using virtual reality technology could show a path forward for pain management as well as answer Pope Francis’s call for doctors and scientists to collaborate in pursuing bold and creative approaches to medicine.
U.S. Catholic Bishops are supporting the Conscience Protection Act, which would protect nurses and doctors from being forced to participate in abortion.
On a busy Saturday, Pope Francis delivered a speech praising his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI; sent a message to a conference on healthcare being held in Rome, reminding pharmaceutical companies of the right of access to basic or necessary treatment; and appointed the secretary for the upcoming synod of bishops on the youth.
At a time when healthcare reform remains a hot-button issue in the United States, a Vatican summit is reminding the world that fully one-third of the human population has no access to healthcare or medicines at all, and around the world the cost of drugs and medical treatment often pushes people into poverty.
Anthony R. Tersigni, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension, a Catholic healthcare association, said America has to do “what other developed nations have done,” and that is to take a step back and say: “what is our policy for every man, woman and child in the United States?”
President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency lubricates some of government’s gears for more decisive action on the opioid epidemic than what we’ve seen thus far, however, it does not bring automatic money to the anti-opioid effort. The estimate for what is needed is in the billions.
Despite President Donald Trump’s statement that Obamacare is dead, a recent Kaiser poll shows that the American people want it revived. Sixty-six percent of Americans want Trump and Congress to work on legislation to bolster the health insurance marketplaces rather than continuing their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.