September 9, 2009 |
As President Obama and his critics prepare for a climactic battle over healthcare, they face a seeming paradox: Millions of Americans say the system they depend on for everything from routine flu shots to life-saving heart surgery is broken and needs fixing. Yet most Americans also say they're pretty satisfied with their healthcare. The explanation for the apparent contradiction -- and a big reason healthcare has turned into such an incendiary fight -- is that it's not one crisis, it's a bundle of crises.
January 10, 1998 |
Aetna US Healthcare, a pioneer in covering infertility treatment, will eliminate benefits for advanced infertility procedures such as in-vitro fertilization, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The Blue Bell, Pa.-based health insurer, the nation's largest, said it is acting because too many people were attracted to its plans only to take advantage of the the expensive treatment.
February 13, 2005
Re "Healthcare Costs Take Big Bite From Economy," Feb. 9: The report by the Boston University School of Public Health says: "The U.S. is a nation of incrementalists and tinkerers, not of ideologues." What nonsense! It is only ideology-driven propaganda that prevents us from weighing the merits of universal healthcare coverage. Meanwhile, until we learn to thumb our noses at ideology, I guess we can just go on paying twice the average per person cost of healthcare of such countries as Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Britain -- "countries that guarantee healthcare for all their citizens."
November 24, 2004
The Nov. 19 Steve Lopez column, "A Family's Struggle, a Nation's Shame," cites the tragedy of a uninsured cancer patient that is magnified thousands of times all over this nation. I well remember being in a religious sanctuary in the 1950s when the hat was being passed to help pay the medical bills of a retired clergyman whose wife came down with cancer. Medicare has thankfully ended this hideous problem for seniors 65 and older. It is time to extend a Medicare program to the entire population of this nation.
October 18, 2011 |
The U.S. healthcare system is lagging further and further behind other industrialized countries on major measures of quality, efficiency and access to care, according to a new report from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, a leading health policy foundation. That is having a profound effect on overall health in the U.S., the report found. Americans die far more frequently than their counterparts in other countries as a result of preventable or treatable conditions, such as bacterial infections, screenable cancers, diabetes and complications from surgery.
June 30, 2011 |
Spending on healthcare in the United States continued to far outpace other industrialized countries in 2009, according to a new tally by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Healthcare spending in the U.S. accounted for 17.4% of the nation's total economic output, nearly twice the average of 34 OECD countries, the OECD found. The next biggest health spender - the Netherlands - spent just 12% of its gross domestic product on medical care. Spending per capita on healthcare, which hit $7,960 in 2009, also far exceeded that of even some of the richest countries in Western Europe.