Dr. Mark Bradshaw, a psychiatrist for All-Care Health Plan, a coordinated care organization in Medford, testified this month in Salem that southern Oregon is a national leader in the rate at which it prescribes psychiatric medications to children.
Gov. Kate Brown pledged her support Friday for legislation that would eliminate non-medical excuses for not vaccinating school children, a measure pushed by physician Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, amid a growing measles epidemic.
The House Health Committee unanimously passed a bill this week toughening standards for sign-language interpreters after deaf advocates complained that Salem Hospital and some Portland-area hospitals were hiring unqualified interpreters to cut costs.
Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, wants to eliminate all non-medical exemptions for school children to be vaccinated, and Wednesday she brought with her to the Oregon Senate Health Committee a drumbeat of support to her cause, including physician legislators from both political parties and a top state official who said his grandparents went deaf from infectious childhood diseases.
The Oregon Nurses Association laid out its agenda to give teeth to hospital nurse staffing committees on Monday with Senate Bill 469, which gives the recommendations of these labor-management boards the force of law.
More men would be able to take one for the team and undergo a vasectomy if a bill backed by Planned Parenthood, allowing nurse practitioners to perform the procedure, becomes law.
The Oregon Medical Board has put forward legislation that would loosen state controls of the board and turn the medical board into a “semi-independent state agency,” less bound by the tight budget process that most state licensing agencies have to go through.
Labor unions and religious organizations joined Health Care for All Oregon to shut down Court Street in front of the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday, for what’s become a biennial rally in support of a state single-payer health insurance program to replace the patchwork system currently in use i
A public health official warned the Senate Health Committee on Monday that the state would have to cut back on inspections of X-ray machines and would have to disband enforcement of tanning beds altogether, unless the Legislature increases fees that have not been raised in almost a decade.
The Oregon House Health Committee is seriously considering a proposal backed by a libertarian think-tank that would give terminally ill patients and their doctors permission to use drugs that have not been granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.