August 12, 2011 |
When you go to a county fair, the last thing you want to be reminded of is what all that fried and sugar-laden food is doing to your body, not to mention the beer. But there's a cautionary tale waiting at this year's Los Angeles County Fair (Sept. 3 to Oct. 2), at the "Our Body: Live Healthy" show. Featured are actual human bodies that have been preserved via plastination and reveal muscles, bones and internal organs. An attraction at the fair last year, this time there is a special section dedicated to showing what a whole lot of bad living will do. Included will be lungs, kidneys, brains and livers of people who have squandered their life on too many cigarettes, too much booze and too many chili dogs.
April 19, 2004 |
The 1.4 million California seniors who belong to Medicare HMOs are getting more bang for their buck this year, reversing a two-year period during which benefits had eroded, according to a new study released today. "We're finally seeing some good news," says Dr. Mark Smith, president of the California Healthcare Foundation, an Oakland-based philanthropic group that along with Consumers Union produces the annual survey. "The past two years haven't been easy for seniors."
February 15, 1996
From large employer alliances to small senior citizen groups, an increasing number of consumers want to know how California's health maintenance organizations are spending their health-care dollars. They want to know how much goes to providing medical care as opposed to paying for salaries, advertising, paperwork and profits. How much an HMO spends on doctors, hospital and other direct medical expenses is not, by itself, an accurate gauge of of overall medical quality, health-care experts say.
July 2, 2001 |
For about 1.5 million California seniors enrolled in Medicare health maintenance organizations, the task of selecting a health plan has been daunting. Many people rely on recommendations from friends, feel-good advertisements or finding their doctor in the HMO's booklet. What's been needed is information that would allow people to directly compare how Medicare HMOs throughout California measure up on costs and services.