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The Race to the Bottom

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) whose mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans has released individual state performance summaries based on more than 100 quality measures such as preventing pressure sores, screening for diabetes-related foot problems, and giving recommended care to pneumonia patients. I […]

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PSA Screening-There’s More To Good Health Than Being Screened for Prostate Cancer

Although men have a 16% chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, there’s just a 4% chance of dying from the disease. This is because it’s a slow growing cancer which often strikes older men. On the other hand, cardiovascular disease is far more fatal and much more ignored. Our risk of dying from a heart attack beginning […]

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Healthcare Reform Goes Beyond Coverage for Everyone

If we want to truly reform healthcare we must control costs in addition to insuring everyone.  Determining who will be covered and in under what system is important, but that alone won’t reign in the skyrocketing costs. Along with healthcare insurance and accessibility, we must tackle what will be covered by insurance as well reform the structure of healthcare delivery. […]

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“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” Benjamin Franklin

Today’s Huffington Post has an excellent article by James S. Marks (“What if Benjamin Franklin ran the congressional budget office?”). In it he discusses how the congressional budget office projects costs of legislation (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-s-marks/what-if-benjamin-franklin_b_251721.html). For example, all of us have heard that the healthcare reform legislation before congress will cost $1 trillion over the next 10  years. What is […]

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Another Example of Why We Need A Public Plan Option

Today’s Washington Post reported on the Senate’s investigation into reimbursement policies by the health insurance industry. The star witness, Wendell Potter, CIGNA’s former VP for corporate communications,  gave testimony that boiled down to this:  “Don’t trust the insurers.” Potter said insurers “make paperwork confusing because ‘they realize that people will just simply give up and not pursue […]

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