Surgeon Fights Medical Debt by Allowing Patients and Families to Pay for Surgeries With Volunteer Work

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRather than allow his patients to go bankrupt from medical debt, a Nebraska surgeon has partnered with several local charities so his patients can pay for their operations with community service.Doctor Demetrio Aguila III is the mastermind behind the Healing Hands of Nebraska surgical clinic for reconstructive and nerve-related surgeries in Norfolk. He says he was inspired to launch the M25 program after he got sick and tired of American patients suffering from the debilitating financial burden of medical care.Through the M25 program, Aguila allows his patients to select a nonprofit from their list of participating organizations. He then designates a certain amount of volunteer hours for the patient to complete in order to pay off the surgery. RELATED: Watch Hospital Staff—From Janitors to Surgeons—Line Hallway to Honor Organ Donor in ‘Walk of Respect’“We’ve eliminated a lot of the administrative hassle that’s associated with healthcare,” Aguila told local reporters. “We’ve lowered the cost of healthcare. We’ve made it fair for everybody involved. Nobody loses. That is the core of the M25 Program.”Jeffrey Jensen became the first patient to participate in the program in October after he was assigned 560 volunteer hours in exchange for the surgery to fix the numbness and nerve damage in his leg. While 560 hours may seem like a lot of work, patients are encouraged to recruit the help of family and friends to help fulfill the hours.Since participating in the program, Jensen says that the volunteer work has helped to positively change his life as much as surgery.CHECK OUT: This Doctor Broke The Law To Engineer a Better Nursing Home—And the Death Rate Plummeted“The M25 program is not about money—it’s about how if people come together to help other people, then your community thrives,” said Jensen.Aguila now hopes that the program will inspire other physicians to launch similar initiatives in their own community.“I’d like to inspire other doctors and other medical professionals to find that hope again,” he said. “To find that reason for being a doctor and to bring it back to the core of what they do everyday.”(WATCH the interview with Jensen below)Heal Your Friends Of Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Caribbean urged to honour free movement commitment

first_img 24 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Caribbean urged to honour free movement commitment by: – February 17, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Household domestics and artisans from five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will on Sunday engage in their latest efforts to get regional governments to honour their rights to freedom of movement, granted them more than five years ago.The domestics and artisans from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados will participate in a region-wide town hall meeting, to be broadcast on the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) international channel, Caribvision.Organisations representing these workers will join with the regional civil society umbrella, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), in telling of their struggle to move freely and legally under the CARICOM Single Market (CSME), one week before CARICOM leaders meet for their mid-term summit in St Vincent.The CPDC said it is concerned that since the respective decisions of CARICOM leaders in 2007 and 2009 to allow for the free movement of artisans and household domestics within the region, member states have not succeeded in implementing the necessary procedures to give effect to their rights. CPDC Executive Coordinator Shantal Munro-Knight said the town hall meeting is expected to capture the growing frustration of many artisans and domestics that no one can say for certain when the necessary processes will be in place to give effect to their rights.“It’s time CARICOM governments act now with concrete steps towards fulfilling the a five-year-old commitment to allow artisans and domestic workers to join artistes, graduates, intellectuals, media workers, musicians, sportspersons, holders of associate degrees, teachers and nurses in moving for employment purposes without the need to obtain a work permits in under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME),” she said.Sunday’s town hall meeting, titled “Making CSME Work for Artisans and Domestics,” is a part of a unique civil society project advocating for an end to delay in allowing actual free movement that has long been granted to artisans and domestics.Munro-Knight said the project has noted that the delay has significantly hampered artisans and domestics in the exercise of their rights, leaving them open to exploitation by unscrupulous hosts.Among those scheduled to appear on the programme are president of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) Ida Le Blanc and Shirley Pryce, the head of Jamaica Household Workers Union.Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago have been the five CARICOM nations in the project where educational workshops were staged by the CPDC to educate artisans and domestics on their rights and responsibilities to free movement throughout the CSME. The five countries are considered the leading CARICOM member states in the free movement of people.The CPDC has also been cooperating with CSME member nations and the CARICOM Secretariat to achieve “tangible, meaningful progress” on to the free movement of artisans and domestic workers,” Munro-Knight said.The project has been highlighting the need for domestics and artisans to utilise the rights, which they have been granted in the CSME to move legally and the consequences of illegal migration.“With this education campaign, we hope to help protect workers from unscrupulous agents who may seek to exploit them when they move illegally for work. The best way to fight this is by helping workers to use the free movement regime properly,” said Munro-Knight.The project is funded by the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund) and financed by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).Caribbean Media Corporationlast_img read more

Senator Micciche Wants Answers Over Wildfire Management

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) sent a letter last Thursday requesting a meeting with federal officials to investigate why efforts to fully extinguish the Swan Lake Fire were significantly scaled back in June. Senator Micciche: “It’s time we had answers. Fire management policies on federal lands near Alaskan communities must adequately protect human life and property. If that’s not the case, then federal policies need to change.” The lightning-caused fire began on June 5 and was nearly under control at around 38,000 acres in July when efforts to fully extinguish or contain the fire were reduced. In mid-August, a high-wind event dramatically increased the size and risk of the fire overnight, according to a press release from the office of Micciche. Micciche: “We were led to believe federal policies allow fires to burn when there is no immediate threat to life and property to improve moose browse and overall forest health. While these policies make sense when fires are in remote areas, not all wilderness is created equal. In this year of record low relative humidity and record high temperatures that followed a winter of low snowfall and a dry spring, the policy of ‘Letting It Burn’ seemed ill-advised.”   Micciche said he is currently arranging a venue and date for the meeting, to be held sometime between November 4-11. Micciche extended invitations to U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan; Congressman Don Young; Representatives Ben Carpenter, Gary Knopp and Sarah Vance; Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige; and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, in addition to officials from the U.S. Forestry Service, Fish and Wildlife; Chugach and Kenai National Wildlife Refuges; State Forestry; Department of Public Safety; and the Department of Transportation. Photo provided by the Great Basin Incident Management Team. Media provided by the office of Senator Micciche.last_img read more