March 26, 2011 |
Tuesday marked the passage of one year since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare reform law that still has Americans arguing: Will reform cure America's medical care woes, or make the system's maladies worse? The anniversary offered health policy experts an excuse to reflect, yet again, on the past, present and future of healthcare in the U.S. Among studies released in the last week: A report from the Rand Corp. , published in March's American Journal of Managed Care, that showed that families with high-deductible health insurance plans spend less on healthcare -- but are also more likely to forego getting preventive care such as cancer screenings and even immunizations. That could drive costs back up in the future, said Amelia H. Haviland, a Rand statistician and co-author of the paper, in a statement.
July 7, 2012 |
Each week, The Times' editorial and opinion pages receive a few thousand emails sent to email@example.com, most of which are spam, messages sent as part of letter-writing campaigns and more. After deleting those messages, I'm usually left with 500 to 1,000 usable letters to the editor to consider for six weekly pages. Between 60 and 70 letters end up running in the paper during any given week. Here is a snapshot of this week's mailbag: 529 usable letters were sent to firstname.lastname@example.org between 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, and 10 a.m. this past Friday.
July 13, 2012 |
Never one to mince words, investment poobah Warren Buffett described the U.S. healthcare system as a tapeworm in the digestive tract of the economy. This apt but disgusting metaphor does a good job of illustrating how our maddeningly dysfunctional healthcare system puts American businesses as a disadvantage compared with their overseas cousins. "The healthcare problem is the No. 1 problem of America and of American business," Buffett said in an interview with Bloomberg Television . "It's the tapeworm, essentially, of the American economy, and we have not dealt with that yet. Obamacare is a step in the right direction in many ways.
July 16, 2010 |
North Korea's healthcare system is unable to provide sterilized needles, clean water, food and medicine, and patients are forced to undergo agonizing surgery without anesthesia, Amnesty International reported. North Korea's healthcare system is unable to provide sterilized needles, clean water, food and medicine, and patients are forced to undergo agonizing surgery without anesthesia, Amnesty International reported Thursday. The human rights group, citing World Health Organization statistics, found that North Korea spent under $1 per capita on healthcare, the lowest in the world.
August 5, 2009 |
When President Obama says he has the best healthcare in the world, he isn't kidding. The White House medical unit, with a staff of four doctors plus nurses and physicians' assistants, is steps from his office. Treatment is free for Obama and his family (as well as for the vice president and his family). During the president's travels, a doctor and nurse ride in a limousine in his motorcade. An emergency medical technician comes too, with an ambulance.
February 25, 2014
Re "A costly pain in the neck," Out Here, Feb. 21 Critiques of American healthcare often focus on the high prices of itemized charges in a hospital bill. We all know that the cost of a hamburger in a restaurant far exceeds the cost of what one would pay for the meat and bun and other ingredients in a supermarket, but even an astute observer like Jon Healey - who was in a car accident and must wear a pricey neck brace that doctors selected for him - may overlook this when paying out of his own pocket.