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.
October 15, 1997 |
The amount of medical care Americans receive in their final months of life varies enormously in different parts of the country, a new study says, suggesting that treatment depends on how much care is available to dying patients--not on how much they really need. The study found that on much of the East Coast, people are more than twice as likely to die in the hospital as people in the West.
September 25, 1997 |
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a major overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration intended to streamline the regulatory approval process for new drugs and medical devices.
September 16, 1997 |
President Clinton on Monday announced a crackdown on Medicare fraud, targeting the burgeoning home health care market that accounts for a rapidly growing share of federal spending on the elderly. Under the president's plan, Medicare will stop signing up new home health care providers while the Health Care Financing Administration devises new regulations to better screen applicants.
August 3, 1997 |
In the largest expansion of health care for children since Medicaid's creation in 1965, Uncle Sam is about to hand the states $24 billion to cover up to half of America's 10-million uninsured kids. But most states are already a step or two ahead of Washington. Using a variety of approaches, most notably broadening Medicaid eligibility, nearly every state, including California, has extended coverage to children of working but low-income families in recent years.