Commentary: Consumers deserve more transparency in health care pricing

One of the concerns that I consistently hear about when I talk to constituents is the rising cost of health care in Delaware and across the nation. Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to attend a press event in Washington, D.C., during which President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that will help provide […]

Letter to the Editor: We must do better

Thank you to the DSN for publishing the July 19 letter in which I called for an open mind as we evaluate the call for a health care system that works for all Americans. The core of the letter was to ask us to think and evaluate before falling into the trap of name calling […]

Commentary: We need health care for all in America

Patricia Frey’s piece (“The big scary ‘S’ word,” DSN 7/19) was very much on the right track with her discussion of the “s” word (i.e. socialism) and Medicare for All. I would just like to add some important clarifications and some specific focus. Frey tried to be fair in defining and judging socialism in the […]

Bayhealth first in Delaware with ExcelsiusGPS spine surgery system

DOVER — Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, recently became a leader in the field of robotic spine surgery with the purchase of ExcelsiusGPS. Bayhealth is the first healthcare facility in Delaware to have this robotic guidance and navigation system, designed to improve safety and accuracy within the operating room. Surgery with this system offers many potential […]

Letter to the Editor: Increase funding for support professionals

I am a lifelong Delawarean and have worked at Easterseals for almost 10 years. I am writing to request that everyone ask your senators and representatives to increase funding for direct support professionals by giving $14 million this year. The McNesby Act, passed unanimously last year, was a promise that funding will be fully given […]

Commentary: A clinician’s perspective on medical aid in dying

Suffering at the end of life isn’t theoretical to me. It’s not ideological nor philosophical. In my 30-plus years practicing clinical neurology in Dover, I’ve seen hundreds of patients suffer from neurodegenerative diseases that are certain to end their lives, sometimes under excruciating circumstances. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a prime […]

Federal government aims to roll back transgender health protection

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration proposed Friday to roll back Obama-era discrimination protections for transgender people in health care, a move LGBT groups warn will unleash a wave of discrimination. The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that in effect says “gender identity” is not protected under federal laws that prohibit discrimination […]

Nemours, Bayhealth top out new Sussex medical office

MILFORD — With celebratory fanfare, the final steel beam of the future Nemours/Bayhealth Medical Office Building on the new Sussex Campus was hoisted into place Wednesday afternoon. An evergreen tree and an American flag topped the beam that was covered with signatures of event goers. The event, laced with Scandinavian traditions, symbolized the end of […]

Commentary: Prevent Lyme disease by avoiding tick bites

The next time you are outdoors enjoying nature, take the time to protect yourself from small unseen enemies. Seemingly harmless tick bites can be very dangerous to your health. Black-legged or deer tick bites transmit the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and B. mayonii, which cause Lyme disease. It is frequently characterized by an expanding red rash, […]

Commentary: Mental Health Awareness Month a time for reflection

May is Mental Health Awareness month, which is also a time for increased awareness of addiction and substance abuse. As we see so often at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, many confronting substance abuse challenges are also dealing with mental health issues. According to a National Institutes of Health article, “about half of those who […]