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Aishwarya Rajagopalan Aishwarya Rajagopalan (16 Posts)

Writer-in-Training, Columnist and in-Training Staff Member

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Aishwarya is a second year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She relishes any opportunity to talk policy, social determinants of health, mental health parity and inclusion topics. Outside of school, Aishwarya enjoys yoga, green tea with lemon and copious amounts of dark chocolate.

Doctor of Policy

Doctor of Policy is a column dedicated to exploring and challenging contemporary health policy issues, especially in the fields of behavioral health, health care access, and inclusion, all from the eyes of a public health girl in a basic sciences world


Ten Policy Issues to Watch in 2015

What I have learned along the way is that many people find policy boring. Maybe they associate it with clips of C-SPAN they watched in middle school civics class, or perhaps it evokes the frustration felt when yet another health policy dies a silent death on a Congressional floor, but whatever the reason, policy is ascribed as a responsibility solely for politicians. This presents a massive conundrum because our interests as future clinicians cannot be represented if we are not the ones speaking to policymakers.

Germany: A Model for What Health Care Should Be?

It’s fairly safe to say that the debate surrounding health care in the United States is long from over. During President Barack Obama’s first term, he fought to implement a new health care system that is projected to shave hundreds of billions off medical costs over the first decade. Once President Obama’s second term comes to an end, many Republican candidates have sworn to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if elected into office. Why …

Halbig v. Sebelius: The Case that Threatens that ACA’s Survival You Probably Haven’t Heard About

As an income-less medical student, I would be one of the now 7.1 million people who have signed up for Obamacare for this year. Except I live in Texas, one of nearly half of all states that elected to not expand Medicaid. At the same time, I don’t have enough of an income to qualify for federal subsidies, making insurance from the Marketplace unaffordable. As such, the individual mandate — the part of the law that …

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My Take on Obamacare: Why Teaching Lessons by Denying Care Will Fail

This past weekend I had the pleasure of talking about Obamacare (or the ACA, the death, the uplifting of America, depending on your stance) with a stranger at a local brewery. He, like many I’ve heard before him, feels that he shouldn’t have to pay for other people’s care (which he already is, in a different way). Not their blood pressure meds for self-induced diabetes, not for oxygen for a 35 pack-year smoker, and not …

Understanding Changing Health Care

It is probably no surprise to any of in-Training’s readers that health care is changing. On October 1, the health insurance marketplaces opened for business … and then promptly became the victim of the largest Internet traffic jam in recent memory. Obviously, people are looking for a better way (or any way) to afford medical care. It is the job of health care professionals to make sure that their uninsured and underinsured patients are educated …

A Day in the Life

And the Presidency Goes To…

Considering how much of an effect this presidential election has on the future of medicine, I’d be surprised if every med student isn’t taking the night off, or at the very least keeping a tab open, to watch the states as they as they pick the color they’ll be wearing for the next four years. Unfortunately, that also means that none of you jerks are gonna read this column. For the rest of the night …

The Invisible Mandate

On August 1, 2012, while most of the world was tuned into the Summer Olympics underway in London, American women experienced a milestone—and they didn’t seem to notice. Thanks to Facebook’s Timeline feature, I am able to recall that morning clearly: driving into the hospital shortly after 4 a.m. to pre-round on my gynecologic oncology patients, NPR was busy reporting on the scandal that shook competitive badminton. Yet, despite coverage by major media both in …

Government Healthcare: Meant for Good, but Called Evil

Over time, the concept of healthcare has changed dramatically as we discover more about our limits and increase our understanding of how the body works. This understanding has led to longer lives, the ability to live with disease, and increasing the price of healthcare. Healthcare has been a changing dynamic form of care since President Johnson became president, and with the installment of the Medicare and Medicaid program. This program was designed to help those …

Miles Raizada Miles Raizada (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

MBA in Health Organization and MD