March 13, 1999 |
MedPartners Inc. is only the latest reason health-care investors aren't feeling well these days. As state regulators took control of MedPartners' struggling California doctor-management group, the action fueled the turmoil that's engulfed the health-care provider industry and sent its stock prices into a steep decline.
September 22, 1997 |
Tom Harward has diagnosed heart disease, aneurysms, diabetes and depression. As he races through the small West Virginia town of Belington making house calls with his little black bag, he treats throat and ear infections and injects painkillers into cancer patients. Some people in this remote town call Harward "Dr. Tom." But he's not a doctor. At Prince George's Hospital Center in Maryland, Bonnie DeMare's beeper goes off at 6:30 p.m.
July 9, 1997 |
You'd think a baby born with only one ear would be entitled to surgery that fixes the problem. Forget about it. In the confusing world of what some doctors call "mangled care," the outer ear is often considered irrelevant. Listen to Barbara Scarlett, office manager for Berkeley plastic surgeon Michael Cedars: "I tell the insurer that this little guy was born minus an ear and we're going to fix it. The insurer says he can hear without the ear, so why bother?
February 5, 1994 |
After weeks of courting big business, and failing, Hillary Rodham Clinton changed course Friday, denouncing insurance and drug companies, and a "private sector" health industry "rife with fraud, waste and abuse." "We're confusing the fact that we have the finest physicians and hospitals in the world with the fact that we have the stupidest financing system for health care in the world," she told an audience of 2,500 comprised mostly of health care professionals.