To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Meyers Health Care Institute, third-year TH Chan School of Medicine students involved in 2021 Health Policy and Interstitial Medicine Practice were encouraged to enter an essay contest focused on personal experiences related to contemporary health policy issues.
Meghan Hansen, now a fourth-year student, was selected as the winner of the competition and her essay was published in Worcester Medicine. Hansen shares the story of a 30-year-old homeless patient diagnosed with cancer caused by HIV, the difficulties she faced, and the free services she received at the National Institutes of Health, including services hospitalization, chemotherapy, antipsychotic drugs and social work consultations. .
Hansen’s essay, “A Fresh Start,” illustrates the important role that the COVID-19 pandemic and his year of oncology clinical research at the NIH played in his understanding of the shortcomings of the U.S. health care payment system, which she describes as “fractured”. and ‘profit driven’, and the uphill battle patients face to afford safe housing, mental health services and addictions counselling.
Similarly, medical student Shervin Rezaei, the competition’s second winner, writes in his essay “Reflections on the Cost of Statins of Bread and Jewels” about the difficulties in paying for health insurance and the financial burden placed on patients in the United States. United for access to quality health. care.
Read both essays here.
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