Welcome to the NeedyMeds Blog! We are pleased to bring you our inaugural post, and we look forward to presenting you with timely, provocative pieces on healthcare reform, patient advocacy, medication and healthcare access, and other health-related news. Our goals are to educate, enlighten, and elucidate; together, we will try to make sense of the myriad and ongoing healthcare-related changes in the U.S. today

My name is Julie Kautz Mills and I am Director of Outreach at NeedyMeds. My academic background is in bioethics, education and psychology, and I spent 16 years working in healthcare administration in the Boston area. I’ve lived in two Canadian provinces and four European countries, and thus have had the opportunities to experience other healthcare systems.

So what IS healthcare? Is healthcare a right, to be provided for all citizens by government mandate? Or, is it a choice, to be decided by individuals? Who should decide? And who should pay? And what happens if you cannot pay? These are potentially problematic questions, however I think we can all agree that each and every one of us has needed, or will need, healthcare during

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