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OPINION
February 18, 2007
Re "Getting the treatment at County-USC," Opinion, Feb. 14 Three cheers to Ben Ehrenreich (and four cheers to his girlfriend) for talking about what most don't: that the broken healthcare system can't simply be boiled down to jobs and dollars, or failed policies or individual incompetence. That, instead, the fallout of society's inability to grapple with and solve its most basic inequalities will then return to be revisited upon that society's members who are least able to insulate themselves from its daily indignities.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2000
The death of Selene Segura Rios reported by David Hayes-Bautista and Robert M. Stein (Opinion, Oct. 1) was indeed an unnecessary tragedy, but it resulted from a lack of knowledge about the emergency medical services available in this state rather than a shortage of Latino doctors. Any doctor could have saved this child and would have if the parents had known where to turn for help. The problem the Segura Rios family faced is not a Latino problem, it is a problem for poor and poorly educated Americans everywhere.
OPINION
June 17, 2007
Re "Moore hype of healthcare film hits fever pitch," June 13 Why does The Times call a Medicare-like system for payment of healthcare in California a "nonstarter"? Last year, both houses of the state Legislature passed SB 840, which would have moved California in that direction, but the bill was vetoed by the governor. Is there anyone who wants to eliminate Medicare? No, because it works and has much lower overhead than private plans. A similar plan for California residents would work too, and cover everyone at a lower cost than our current, broken system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1985
Dr. Sidney M. Marchasin's article (Editorial Pages, Feb. 20) dealing with the Medicare guidelines to doctors and hospitals raises more questions than it answers. Certainly his compassionate, caring attitude toward the patients who come under Medicare is most welcome, but the doctors and the hospital administrators must take some responsibility for the financial difficulties that Medicare claims it is facing. Many of us in our senior years who are now eligible for care under the Medicare program cannot forget the manner in which the American Medical Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2000
Re "A Mission of Mercy to an Unlikely Place," Dec. 15: Your article on poor pediatric care in the Redding, Calif., area really misses the point. The "experts" complain that Medi-Cal and doctor "brain drain" are the "root cause." That's nonsense. The root cause is people having children they are financially unprepared to take care of. I realize that it will probably be viewed by some in the politically correct crowd that reproductive rights are sacrosanct and personal responsibility be damned, but the resulting children pay the price.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1993
In reference to "One Casualty of Clinton's Health Plan: Freedom to Choose" (Sept. 22), I want to discuss reasons for specialization in medical practice and Park Nicollet cost saving and innovation. I agree with the main premise of the article, that medical care rationing is most likely in our future. Columnist James Flanigan is, however, perpetuating a myth that has gained wide acceptance through repetition by policy wonks and the media: that "the vast majority of medical students have gone into specialized practice because that's where the higher incomes have been."
BUSINESS
May 7, 1987 | DEBRA WHITEFIELD
QUESTION: My elderly mother has had one medical problem after another this year, and it seems to me that there is a price increase every time I have to take her to the doctor's office. Is it my imagination or is the cost of medical care rising faster than other costs?--W.E. ANSWER: You aren't imagining. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's records, health-care costs soared 7.7% last year, compared to a meager 1.1% rise in the consumer price index.
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