A Softer Side of Health Care

Dr. Pamela Wible
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Not long ago I had an email exchange with Dr. Pamela Wible, a physician in Eugene, about the recent documentary Escape Fire. The movie examines the problems with health care in the United States, and possible solutions. Unhappy with the “conveyor belt” system of medicine that she had found herself in since medical school, “pushing pills into patients as they flew past me,” Dr. Wible got off the racetrack and stopped to consider what kind of health care system she wanted to work in. The Continue Reading



By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve imagined that doctors are good at taking care of themselves, and that they’re a healthy lot.  After all, they’re smart people.  Their discipline and training are more rigorous than most professions. They are dedicated to helping people get well and stay well, and I assumed that included them. It appears that I’m not alone in this point of view. Merry N. Miller writes in Medscape News about what we think doctors should Continue Reading

Essentials for better physical & financial health

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How does an insurance company keep a positive bottom line and still provide real customer service? That’s an important question. I suppose It’s a delicate balance, deciding what benefits to provide at what cost, and still be competitive in the market. After all, everyone needs to make ends meet. Here’s an interesting piece showing how one managed care plan found that including spiritual care actually benefitted them financially. My colleague in Texas recently talked with its chief medical Continue Reading

Health Insurance–Everyone pays but is Everyone covered?


I heard someone recently talking about an acupuncture treatment that had helped him. He joked, “It may have been a jab well done, but I sure wish it was covered by my insurance!” All over the country, the question of health insurance is being pondered by governments, uninsured individuals, and employers, as they try to sort out what the new laws will require of them. And the insurance companies are looking at what coverage they can provide and at what cost. The US spends more per patient on Continue Reading

Does more medical treatment mean better health?


Keith Wommack is my friend.  He's also the Committee on Publication for Texas.  He wrote this excellent blog on a topic I've been thinking about.  Keith presents the issue so well that I wanted to share it.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas I respect the great heart, the motive, of every physician and healer. For, I believe, they yearn to improve their patients’ quality of life and care. Continue Reading

Insurance Exchange Should Include Spiritual Care Services


Last Tuesday, July 19th, The Lund Report published a guest opinion piece that I wrote.  It discusses why the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation should evaluate whether or not companies selling products within the exchange should cover spiritual health care services.  You can read the  piece on The Lund Report website, or read it below.   John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. A recent study indicates that 49 percent of Americans have used prayer to deal Continue Reading

Freaked out about your health?


by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Health anxiety. Boy, that’s a big issue. It’s a condition I’ve seen in many people over the years. Parents worrying about each symptom experienced by their child. Adults obsessed with every the latest malady reported in the news. Have you ever paid attention to the conversations around you at work? A day doesn’t go by without someone talking about his latest health issue, what his doctor says about it, her concerns Continue Reading

Nursing that doesn’t fill a void


What impact will health care reform in the United States have on the health care delivery system in Oregon? I’ve been watching this pretty closely. One trend, even before the current reform began, is the shortage of care givers. Now, with reform, there is increased access to care making the shortage worse. Availability of good health care is a concern to patients, policy makers, and legislators alike. In a recent article, Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian points out that one way to meet this Continue Reading