Delinking Innovation and Access: Decommodification of Lifesaving Medicines

by Karry M and Chris Noble  It’s 2019. We’re living in the age of peak medical innovation yet people are dying of curable diseases because of profit mongering and the unquenchable greed of capitalists and the resulting medical industrial complex. Graduate students committed to the quest for medical innovation, often inspired by family members and …

A Socialist Approach to Mental Health and Well-being: Medicare for All and Beyond

by Andy Hyatt While the state of the healthcare system in the United States is poor all around, our mental health system is its own particular brand of horrible. Even in a city like Boston, a supposed healthcare mecca where we have more therapists and psychiatrists per capita than almost anywhere in the country, it …

For Workers and Patients, not Greed and Profits: Vote Yes on Question 1

by Socialist Nurse For 4 months now, we’ve been waiting for management to fill an open nursing position in our department. The word from the nursing manager is that there are “very few applicants” none of whom appear to be a “good fit.” Insert your bromides about the nursing shortage here, if you’d like, but …

MA Nurses Say “Yes on 1” and You Should Too. Here’s Why.

by Nafis H. On Wednesday, August 15th, the Boston DSA Healthcare working group organized a panel on an ongoing crisis in the healthcare industry - chronic understaffing and overworking of nurses leading to poorer patient care. The discussion centered around Safe Patient Limits, a proposal that is appearing as Question 1 on the ballot of …