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August 26, 2001
James Flanigan's "Patients' Rights and Health-Care Costs Are Expanding Together" [Aug. 5] sent my blood pressure soaring! I want to know why medical costs are rising? My cynical self says it's due to the never-ending game the insurers, hospitals and physicians play with one another, as in: How much money will I be able to get? I had surgery last year that was billed at close to $20,000. My then-HMO paid less than $1,000, which the hospital accepted. Recent biopsies resulted in a $360 invoice.
April 9, 2007
The outstanding article "Take Charge of Drug Costs" [March 19] left out one important method. At least six medications are very inexpensive. For example, hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) can cost $13.33 for 100 25-milligram tablets, so why buy just 30 tablets at the time, one per day, on insurance if the co-payment is $10? Ask your independent pharmacist for other ways to save money on prescriptions and over-the-counter health products. BOB BROWN Cambria
July 17, 2000
Regarding "So Near and Yet So Far" (July 3): Having medical insurance pay for transportation costs, as suggested in the article, is totally consistent with the historical assumption by health-care institutions of the "hotel" costs of care--such as room service for food and laundry--and of a welfare state in which the greater numbers of aging and handicapped are supported by the shrinking numbers of younger and healthier working people. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is realized that if costs are to be maintained, the portion of the health-care dollar going to transportation most likely will come from a reduction in diagnostics and therapeutics, or costs will need to escalate.
December 18, 2006
Re "Pork chopped," editorial, Dec. 13 The effort by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) to restrict the proliferation of "earmarks" is a welcomed relief from fiscal irresponsibility. Now, how about the reinstatement of the regulation of the Clinton years that prevented members of Congress from adding costs to the budget unless it was shown where the supporting funds were to come from, i.e., either by increased taxes or program reductions. President Bush allowed the rule to sunset; otherwise he would have had to reduce expenditures or raise taxes to go to war in Iraq.
May 5, 1985
As a health economist I am morally obligated to respond to "Plan for a Healthier America" (Letters, March 3). Although some of the points raised are valid, the writer's basic attitude is based on misconceptions and errors. Trudy Schwartz claims that the 900% increase in health-care costs in the last 20 years have been without a commensurate increase in the quality of care. Against this, I have two points: One, there has been a dramatic improvement in the quality of care (supported by the large drop in infant mortality and the large increase in average life expectancy)
March 31, 1995
Supervisor Frank Schillo says in his recent letter, "Let's have some positive involvement by citizens in government and some helpful discourse about county issues, not personal attacks." I am offering helpful discourse. Please justify Schillo's spending an exorbitant amount of taxpayers' money for a Thousand Oaks office, since he has been so adamant about cutting costs as a new supervisor. I hope 1,000 people meet him "out front" when he answers this question. MARIE M. REIDY Thousand Oaks
May 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The average cost of a wedding today is $30,000, and lavish engagement parties are increasingly popular, said Katherine Jellison, author of "It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005." Elaborate weddings are a recent phenomenon, Jellison said. It wasn't until after World War II that Americans had enough disposable income to marry in such a formal fashion. People are now struggling amid rising food and gas prices and a worrisome economy, but the $50-billion industry based on decadence continues to boom.
January 29, 2012 | Louis Sahagun
In a standoff with federal forest officials, Caltrans is proposing to abandon a popular, cliff-hanging highway in the San Gabriel Mountains because it is too expensive to maintain. The proposal to walk away from California Highway 39, enjoyed by an estimated 3 million people a year, comes as the state struggles to close a $9.2-billion budget shortfall. To avoid closure, the California Department of Transportation is trying to persuade the U.S. Forest Service or Los Angeles County to take over the roadway, which runs 27 miles from the city of Azusa nearly to the crest of the San Gabriels.
July 22, 1990
In reference to "How to Cut Amusement Park Costs," (July 6), even an avid lover of Disneyland must speak out. S. J. Diamond used 17 paragraphs and 132 lines to show how to cut amusement park costs. I can do it with one line: "Stay away!" JOHNNIE F. KIRVIN Los Angeles
August 17, 1995 | From Bloomberg Business News
Business travel costs are expected to increase 5% next year, according to a study by consulting firm Runzheimer International. The Rochester-based management consulting firm and compiler of travel data said it expects lodging costs to rise the most, 7%. The slow pace of new construction and strong demand for existing rooms is allowing hoteliers to raise prices, Runzheimer said. The firm predicts that air fares will increase 5% and that the airlines will avoid costly fare wars.
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