CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1988 |
Nearly 80% of U.S. physicians favor withdrawing life-support systems from hopelessly ill or irreversibly comatose patients if the patients or their families request it, according to a survey results released last week. "There comes the time with the terminally ill or irreversibly comatose patient that the physician must step back and, at the patient's or the family's request, allow the patient to die with dignity," said Dr. James H. Sammons, executive vice president of the American Medical Assn.
June 19, 1989 |
The nation's health chief told the American Medical Assn. on Sunday that a Medicare reform plan strongly opposed by the group is a solution to skyrocketing medical costs and lack of access to quality care. Louis W. Sullivan, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said that such solutions are better than a total overhaul of the system. The U.S. per capita expenditures for health care are the highest in the world, consuming more than 11% of the country's gross national product, "and they continue to rise at an unsustainable rate," Sullivan told more than 1,000 physicians on the opening day of the AMA's five-day policy-making session.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1986
The article by Daniel Greenberg (Editorial Pages, June 24) asked, "What's So Bad About a Doctor Glut?" Many of us believe that having a surfeit of something, especially doctors, might not be so bad. Plenty of physicians are around when you need one, if you plan ahead. But what happens when they aren't where they are most needed? Regrettably, our doctor "glut" is not all that it seems, at least not in California. We have too many physicians of the wrong specialty, practicing in the wrong places, and not enough of the right specialty in the right places.
January 18, 1985 |
A record number of malpractice suits and large legal judgments are triggering a crisis in health care costs and services, an American Medical Assn. official warned Thursday. The AMA, which outlined the problem in a new report, said Americans are filing more than three times as many medical malpractice claims than they did a decade ago, and are winning record judgments.
December 23, 1988 |
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan got a sudden initiation into national controversy this week when a pro-abortion comment nearly derailed his nomination. But abortion is only one of many controversies he would face on taking over the $251-million-a-year Department of Health and Human Services, whose duties range from licensing new drugs to administering the Social Security fund.
March 1, 1989 |
The "smokeless" cigarette developed by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. at an estimated cost of more than $300 million has been at least temporarily dropped after five months of testing in several cities, company officials said Tuesday. Most smokers apparently did not like Premier's taste or smell. "Very simply, it did not perform as we hoped it would in the test market," said David Fishel, senior vice president of public relations at R. J. Reynolds, a subsidiary of RJR Nabisco.