December 5, 2011 |
Good news for aging baby boomers: Fears of a nursing shortage may be turning around. Between 1979 and 1991, the number of young nurses declined nearly 50%. It continued to drop for another decade, hitting a low of 102,000 in 2002. Looking at the numbers, analysts worried that as older nurses retired, there wouldn't be anyone to replace them, leading to a shortfall. But when economists David I. Auerbach of Rand Health, Peter I. Buerhaus of...
January 11, 2007
Re "The battle of the wounded," Opinion, Jan. 5 The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs ensure service members returning from conflict are provided with world-class care before, during and after deployments. Better training, advanced equipment and talented personnel are saving hundreds of lives that previously would have been lost on the battlefield. In fact, we have the lowest casualty rate in the history of warfare and the lowest disease and non-battle injury rates. The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs will continue to work closely to provide this care -- and to ensure a seamless transition for service members moving from active duty to veteran status.
November 11, 2005 |
IBM Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Computer Sciences Corp. and Accenture Ltd. have won contracts to develop models for a national system of electronic health information. Each will work with healthcare providers in different areas of the U.S. during the next year, the Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. IBM will operate in New York and North Carolina. Northrop Grumman will work in California and Ohio. Computer Sciences will operate in Indiana, Massachusetts and California.
March 8, 2010 |
The percentage of American children who are overweight or obese has been growing for decades, and now nearly one in three has a body mass index that's greater than normal. Although evidence suggests that obesity rates are leveling off overall, for some groups of kids — especially poor or minority kids — the problem continues to grow, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs. Using data from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, the study showed marked regional differences.
January 9, 2007 |
Government figures released today show that Americans may be getting a respite from the torrid pace of increases in healthcare spending, but experts cautioned that it was too soon for a national sigh of relief. The data show that in 2005, spending on healthcare grew 6.9%. That was the smallest rate of increase since 1999, and marked the third straight year in which the pace had moderated. In 2004, for example, spending grew by 7.2%.
May 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Immigrants in the United States both legally and illegally are helping sustain Medicare, contributing about $14 billion more a year to the federal health program for the elderly than they use in medical services, a new study indicates. The surplus generated by immigrants contrasts sharply with deficits caused by native-born Americans, as medical care for elderly beneficiaries depletes Medicare's reserves more quickly than working-age U.S. natives can refill them. The report - published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs as Congress debates immigration overhaul legislation - does not calculate the full impact of immigrants in the country illegally on all government healthcare programs.