Hillary’s Tall Tales About Health Care

Townhall | Maggie Gallagher | Apr. 8, 2008

Hillary Clinton had a great story to tell over and over again in her stump speech: An uninsured Ohio pregnant woman lost her baby and died because she could not afford a $100 up-front fee.

What a tale! What an indictment. What government bureaucracy could be worse than a health care system where stuff like that is permitted to happen? [Read more…]

Majority of San Diego Burn Patients are Illegal Immigrants

Union-Tribune | Cheryl Clark & Leslie Berestein | Oct. 31, 2007

The fact that 11 of the 18 wildfire victims lying in UCSD Medical Center’s burn unit are illegal immigrants with no apparent health coverage highlights the daunting financial challenge hospitals face in providing long-term, intensive care for all those who need it.

“These are the most expensive kinds of cases, but we don’t look at these patients and say, oh, because they aren’t legal residents, we’ll stop providing care or stop changing their bandages,” said Dr. Thomas McAfee, UCSD’s physician-in-chief. “It’s part of our ethic to continue to provide this care no matter what.”

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Publix Supermarkets Offering Free Prescriptions

Ed. (Banescu) Capitalism and competition are helping reduce medical costs.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Jacob Langston | Aug. 6, 2007

CAPE CORAL – Publix supermarket chain said today it will make seven common prescription antibiotics available for free, joining other major retailers in trying to lure customers to their stores with cheap medications.

The oral antibiotics, representing the most commonly filled at the chain’s pharmacies, will be available at no cost to anyone with a prescription as often as they need them, Publix CEO Charlie Jenkins Jr. said. Fourteen-day supplies of the seven drugs will be available at all 684 of the chain’s pharmacies in five Southern states.

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The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care

City Journal Magazine | David Gratzer | Summer, 2007

Socialized medicine has meant rationed care and lack of innovation. Small wonder Canadians are looking to the market.

Mountain-bike enthusiast Suzanne Aucoin had to fight more than her Stage IV colon cancer. Her doctor suggested Erbitux—a proven cancer drug that targets cancer cells exclusively, unlike conventional chemotherapies that more crudely kill all fast-growing cells in the body—and Aucoin went to a clinic to begin treatment. But if Erbitux offered hope, Aucoin’s insurance didn’t: she received one inscrutable form letter after another, rejecting her claim for reimbursement. Yet another example of the callous hand of managed care, depriving someone of needed medical help, right? Guess again. Erbitux is standard treatment, covered by insurance companies—in the United States. Aucoin lives in Ontario, Canada.

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Jewish World Review Mona Charen January 5, 2007

Meet the liberated college woman. You may pity her.

Unprotected” is a hard slap at the sexual free-for-all that prevails on American campuses and throughout American life. The author, revealed since publication as Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist at the student health service at UCLA, was hesitant to put her name on this book. The orthodoxy within the academic world is a strict one, and those who transgress often pay with their jobs. Let’s hope for her sake, but particularly for her patients’ well being, that she is not punished for her heterodox views.

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Putting patients in the game

Townhall.com Rebecca Hagelin May 23, 2006

Imagine selecting your own health plan, rather than simply accepting the one your employer picks for you. Picture a plan that you own — that follows you from job to job and place to place. Envision a plan that reflects your moral beliefs and doesn’t force you to pay for anything that violates your conscience. A pleasant daydream? For now, perhaps. But if policymakers act on the principles outlined in a major new paper from The Heritage Foundation, “Patients’ Freedom of Conscience: The Case for Values-Driven Health Plans,” it could become reality.

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