Health Care

Price-transparent Oklahoma doctors attracting medical tourism

Early in his career, Dr. Keith Smith noted that hospitals were “constantly poor-mouthing, saying, ‘We’re going broke,’” yet those same hospitals constantly had cranes in front of them due to expansion. And self-contradiction was not the worst thing happening at those hospitals.

Ray Carter
December 5, 2022
Education, Health Care

Stitt: Oklahoma students not required to get COVID vax

Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has endorsed adding the COVID-19 vaccine to childhood immunization schedules, Gov. Kevin Stitt said the vaccine will not be required for public-school attendance in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
October 21, 2022
Health Care, Law & Principles

Child-transgender limits headed to governor

Legislation that supporters said would force the closure of a clinic that provides puberty blockers and transgender-surgery services to Oklahoma children won easy approval in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Ray Carter
September 29, 2022
Health Care, Family & Community

Senate votes to restrict transgender child surgeries

Members of the Oklahoma Senate have approved legislation that restricts a taxpayer-funded hospital from providing puberty blockers to children or playing a role in child surgeries that cosmetically change the patient’s body to look like that of the opposite sex.

Ray Carter
September 29, 2022
Health Care, Law & Principles

OSMA brief: ‘pregnant people’ deserve ‘abortion care’

The Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) has joined an amici curiae brief calling for Oklahoma’s abortion laws to be struck down, declaring those restrictions violate the Oklahoma Constitution’s guarantee of the “right to life.”

Ray Carter
September 28, 2022
Health Care

Financial challenge from Medicaid expansion already clear

When Medicaid expansion was sold to Oklahoma voters, proponents declared it a no-pain-all-gain proposition. “Free” federal money would rain from the skies and the health of Oklahomans would be restored statewide.

Jonathan Small
March 2, 2022
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