Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Mandatory Vaccinations in Italy Become a Reality

Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Mandatory Vaccinations in Italy Become a Reality

By: Kathryn Bristor.

In response to a national measles outbreak, the Italian government has enacted a mandatory vaccinations law for school-aged children as a prerequisite to school enrollment, with hefty consequences for noncompliance.  While not everyone is in agreement about this law, the Italian people may not be able to afford to refuse vaccinations without putting their loved ones, and themselves, at risk.

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Reforming the Japanese Health Care System

Reforming the Japanese Health Care System

By: Angela Gamalski.

Japanese law requires the government operate its national heatlh care system in a sound manner. However, economists and medical professionals have argued that the Japanese health care system is failing, as the current insurance system will not support Japan's projected demographics. Now is the time for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to act on campaign promises and implement change.

Image credit: Japan Health Care College, by 禁樹なずな - available on Wikimedia.

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Barriers to Healthcare Delivery: Telemedicine, Corporate Practice of Medicine and Licensure

Barriers to Healthcare Delivery: Telemedicine, Corporate Practice of Medicine and Licensure

By: Jesse DePauw

Telemedicine has the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery: imagine being able to deliver high quality medicine anywhere in the world with the simple click of a button. However, legal doctrines make it difficult to organize telemedicine companies and operate across jurisdictional borders. 

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