December 24, 1998 |
Medical care for AIDS patients and HIV-positive people is not nearly the financial drain on the U.S. health care system that many claim it is, according to a major new study headed by researchers at the Rand Corp. Such treatment costs the United States about $6.7 billion per year, less than 1% of all direct personal health care expenditures, the team reports in today's New England Journal of Medicine. That averages about $20,000 per patient, about a third of some previous estimates.
December 5, 1998 |
Health maintenance organizations--the crossbreeds of insurance companies and health care providers that were supposed to fix the nation's ailing health care system--are under such strain that many in the industry are predicting they will no longer keep their present form. The original, highly restrictive, clinic-based model with a limited list of doctors has already been replaced, some analysts and top executives say.
October 17, 1998 |
With a massive infusion of money for medical research, the new budget gives the government's health and human services programs their largest spending boost in seven years. Head Start, AIDS drugs and the fight against bioterrorism all get increases. Overall, the Health and Human Services Department will have about $40 billion to spend in 1999, up 10.3% from 1998. That's $1.3 billion more than Clinton requested.
September 15, 1998 |
Doctors, nurses and hospice organizations have banded together to try to stop federal legislation that would undo Oregon's pioneering law making doctor-assisted suicide legal. While many of them oppose the practice, they fear that the bill would unintentionally discourage doctors nationwide from prescribing adequate pain-control medication for the terminally ill.
January 13, 1998 |
Spending for health care in the United States rose a moderate 4.4% in 1996, the smallest increase ever recorded, and a strong signal that the once-volatile health sector is coming under financial control, the government reported Monday. The big political issue has shifted from controlling health-care spending to assuring that consumers receive quality care.
November 19, 1997 |
A presidential commission today will propose a far-reaching health care "bill of rights" that could begin to swing the balance of power away from managed care companies and back toward patients. President Clinton is expected to embrace the recommendations and announce on Thursday how he proposes to make the rights a reality. "The public is . . .
November 18, 1997 |
When Congress voted last year to overhaul the nation's much-maligned welfare system, it explicitly sought to prevent poor children from losing their government-paid medical care. A year later, however, thousands of poor children have fallen out of the Medicaid program, even though they are still eligible.
November 18, 1997 |
Striving to build on their victory over President Clinton in the recent "fast-track" trade fight on Capitol Hill, liberals and their labor allies are thinking big again. What's more, they're aiming to take advantage of one of Clinton's prime assets: the current economic prosperity for which the president claims much of the credit.
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November 12, 1997 |
In a study certain to throw fuel on the national debate over mental health coverage, researchers from Rand Corp. and UCLA found that offering broad mental health benefits would not add significantly to insurers' costs if a managed care approach is used. "You can provide unlimited benefits without breaking the bank," said economist Roland Sturm of Rand, who led the study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
November 6, 1997 |
In another indication of the growing acceptance of alternative medical approaches, a federal advisory panel Wednesday strongly endorsed the ancient Chinese medical practice of acupuncture for treating certain conditions, including nausea and postoperative dental pain.