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November 24, 1987
Tainted Vacherin Mont d'Or, a Swiss soft cheese, has caused 25 deaths or miscarriages in four years in Switzerland, and six other people have been killed by the same bacteria strain, officials at the federal health office in Lausanne said. Measures against Vacherin Mont d'Or, most of which is produced in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, were taken after it was blamed for three deaths from listeriosis--similar to encephalitis--in Switzerland since seasonal sales began last month.
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October 18, 2009 | DOYLE McMANUS
At least one country already has a healthcare plan roughly similar to the one President Obama and the Democrats have proposed, with universal coverage, a mandate that everyone buy insurance and a major role for private insurance companies: Switzerland. So I used part of a vacation last week to head for the Swiss Alps to observe the system in practice. Dr. Jean-Oscar Meile, 53, runs a tidy one-man practice in Melide, a suburb of Lugano in Switzerland's Italian-speaking south.
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OPINION
October 18, 2009 | DOYLE McMANUS
At least one country already has a healthcare plan roughly similar to the one President Obama and the Democrats have proposed, with universal coverage, a mandate that everyone buy insurance and a major role for private insurance companies: Switzerland. So I used part of a vacation last week to head for the Swiss Alps to observe the system in practice. Dr. Jean-Oscar Meile, 53, runs a tidy one-man practice in Melide, a suburb of Lugano in Switzerland's Italian-speaking south.
NEWS
November 24, 1987
Tainted Vacherin Mont d'Or, a Swiss soft cheese, has caused 25 deaths or miscarriages in four years in Switzerland, and six other people have been killed by the same bacteria strain, officials at the federal health office in Lausanne said. Measures against Vacherin Mont d'Or, most of which is produced in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, were taken after it was blamed for three deaths from listeriosis--similar to encephalitis--in Switzerland since seasonal sales began last month.
BUSINESS
February 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Roche Holding Ltd., the huge Switzerland-based health-care company, today announced an agreement to invest $2.1 billion in Genentech Inc., making it the largest stockholder of the biotechnology firm. Under the agreement, Roche will invest $492 million in capital into Genentech and buy half its stock for $36 per share, 65% above Thursday's closing stock price. After the transaction, Roche will own 60% of the 112 million shares of stock outstanding.
OPINION
October 20, 2009
Re "Switzerland's health lessons," Opinion, Oct. 18 Doyle McManus made the most salient point of all: Switzerland's insurance companies are not for profit. Until the U.S. Congress mandates that all health insurance companies become not-for-profit, we as a people will continue to suffer from an industry that cares only about the almighty dollar. But with the Republican Party owned lock, stock and barrel by insurance corporations, and significant elements of the Democratic Party beholden to the Cignas and Aetnas of the world, congressional action is unlikely.
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