December 13, 2003
The Times is to be congratulated for the remarkable "Stealth Merger: Drug Companies and Government Medical Research" and for its strong editorial stand on fees paid by drug companies to National Institutes of Health scientists (Dec. 7). David Willman, who skillfully reported the Rezulin drug scandal, has once again highlighted an issue of deepest significance: the subversion of objective science by conflicts of interest so deep they cannot be tolerated. His article raises the issue of the role of the marketplace in health care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1987
The article about Physicians Who Care failed to indicate whether their main concern was for the quality of the care they were able to deliver or the size of the charge they would be able to pass on to their patients and to the insurance companies who cover their health risks. They seem to be clinging to a status that became untenable when the costs of health care rose beyond the ability of most individuals and organizations to pay. The health-care delivery system in the United States has finally come face to face with the fact that it can no longer be afforded by even those of moderate means or those whose employment includes health-care benefits.
September 8, 2003
Regarding "Costs Rarely Discussed" (Aug. 25): Health care is the only service the consumer must buy before learning how much it costs. Even if a patient has the time or opportunity to find out what a provider charges for a needed procedure, that rarely correlates to the payment amount required by the insurance carrier. First there is the negotiated rate for the service, then there is the deductible and co-pay. Is the provider participating or not? Is the service even covered? There are so many variables, it is impossible to determine the actual out-of-pocket cost until the explanation of benefits arrives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1986
After reading Martin Shapiro's account of how health budget cuts hurt real people (Editorial Pages, March 25), "Health-Care Research Indicates Reagan Is Wrong--Fund Cuts Will Hurt," one must ask why the patient has been replaced by budget constraints as the centerpiece of U.S. health policy. The $200-billion federal deficit is only one explanation. An equally important reason is the splintering of the health-care community--consumer groups, doctors, nurses, hospitals, suppliers--into narrow special interests that have permitted the Reagan budgeteers easy access to Medicare slashing.
December 14, 2002
Ronald Brownstein's "Rising Number of Uninsured Is Causing Safety Net to Unravel" (Dec. 9) does a good job of cataloging the problems with the U.S. health-care system, including the ever-increasing financial devastation of our existing doctors and hospitals and the shame of 41 million Americans without access to health care because they can't afford insurance. He rightly concludes that "much bolder thinking" is needed than President Bush's do-nothing tinkering with the tax code but wrongly states that "a lot more money" is needed to fix the situation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1988
Having attended the Board of Supervisors hearing, I was amazed at your headline and copy ("County Will Use Grant to Aid Poor," Feb. 24). The board does not deserve to be commended for its action. The state gave $6.1 million of unallocated health-care system support to Orange County for its discretionary use. The Orange County Medical Assn., the Hospital Council and the United Way urged that most of the money go to support the indigent medical services program. We met with the board members, presented our position in writing and testified directly.
November 2, 2002
"Health Care Agendas Leave Patients Out," by Steve Lopez, Oct. 27: When will the leaders and the citizens of this country realize that the only so-called superpower in the world today is not a Third World but more like a "Fifth World" nation when it comes to health care for its citizens? I firmly believe that our stubborn refusal even to consider universal medical coverage puts us at greater risk from sickness and disease than from an outside terrorist attack or war. Only a healthy population can face the vicissitudes of everyday life, much less combat.
May 30, 1985 |
Long sought after by companies that make over-the-counter drugs, American women have become a prime advertising target for hospitals, which believe that women are big health-care consumers and primary arbiters of where others in their household will receive medical care. Large nationwide chains such as Louisville-based Humana Inc. and smaller facilities are vying for women's attention in television, newspaper and radio ads. And it's not just would-be mothers they are after, either.
December 11, 1987 |
When Maggie Kleinman's 6-year-old son Joshua develops a skin rash or a minor physical problem, she doesn't always rush to call the doctor. Instead, the 39-year-old West Los Angeles screenwriter often heads to her home library to consult one of the medical reference books she began collecting about eight years ago. The books aren't the type you would display on a coffee table.