September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Access to affordable, quality healthcare for poor Americans varies dramatically among the states, according to a new study that found a wide disparity in measures of health between states with the best healthcare systems and those with the worst. In the highest-performing states, low-income, less educated residents are more likely to be covered by health insurance, to have a regular source of medical care and to get recommended preventive care, such as cancer screenings.
September 4, 2013 |
Opening a new phase of the White House campaign to sell the public on the nation's new healthcare program, former President Clinton sought to clear up confusion about it Wednesday and called on the law's opponents to help smooth its implementation for the good of their constituents. “We've got to do this,” Clinton said in a speech to several hundred healthcare professionals and doctors in Little Rock, Ark. “The studies show that we are No. 1 by a country mile in the percentage of our income that we devote to healthcare costs, and rank no better than 25th to 33rd in the healthcare outcomes we get. This is the country that pioneered innovation in every other area of our national life; you cannot make me believe that we have to tolerate this from now until the end of eternity.” At a crucial juncture a few weeks before the Oct. 1 opening of the law's health insurance marketplaces across the country, Clinton scolded Republicans who have voted to repeal the law more than 40 times, arguing that they have not offered “real alternatives.” “The benefits of reform can't be fully realized, and the problems certainly can't be solved unless both the supporters and the opponents of the original legislation work together to implement it and address the issues that arise whenever you change a system this complex,” he said during Wednesday's address at the Clinton Presidential Library.
July 5, 2013 |
Brian Davis is no stranger to surgery. Born with clubfeet, the 35-year-old Playa del Rey resident has endured multiple reconstructive foot surgeries over the years. With an endless stream of medical procedures, doctor visits, hospital stays, rehabilitation and a lifelong physical disability that has made steady work a challenge, Davis - a former financial advisor - has also become very familiar with big medical bills. He spent years struggling with debt that, at its peak, reached roughly $400,000.
July 2, 2013 |
The healthcare system, like the government, is easy to criticize until you need it. And then it's indispensable. I've devoted my fair share of ink and digital bits to talking about what's wrong with healthcare in the United States. I wrote last week about yet another example of loony billing practices. Today, let's appreciate some of the things that make our system extraordinary - maybe not the best in the world, as conservatives are fond of gushing, but pretty darn impressive.
April 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- With the future of the healthcare law emerging as a major campaign issue this fall, a new survey has found that more than a quarter of adults ages 19 to 64 in the United States lacked health insurance for at least some time in 2011. And the vast majority of those people - nearly 70 percent - had been without coverage for more than a year, according to the study by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, a leading authority on health policy. The holes in health insurance were a driving force in President Obama's push for the controversial healthcare overhaul he signed in 2010.
March 14, 2012 |
Orange County and Ventura outpaced Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Bakersfield in a national score card looking at how area hospitals, doctors and insurance companies manage patient care and costs. The Commonwealth Fund, a New York foundation that studies the U.S. healthcare market, ranked 306 communities nationwide on key areas of health system performance, such as whether patients are getting timely preventive care and avoiding unnecessary hospital stays and whether healthcare is affordable.