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  • Health & Medicine

    This special section in the Wall Street Journal examines the US public's renewed interested in the health care system. Among the issues covered are "how the business side of the health-care process typically works for different kinds of coverage", how insurers decide what gets covered and why it will be hard to pass Medicare drug cover legislation.
  • Healing Medicare

    As a reliable source of basic health insurance for the elderly, the Medicare program has been a tremendous success. Today, however, Medicare faces formidable challenges: an inadequate benefits package, an inefficient system of delivery, and a long-term budget gap.
  • Trinity Hospice investigation

    Tulsa World investigated multiple shortcomings in the health care of dying people, provided by Trinity Hospice. The company, which operates in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, has been accused of limiting medical care as a way to increase profits. In the words of one of the main sources cited in the story, "Trinity's patient care coordinators were supposed to keep costs down to $50 per day. Meanwhile the hospice was billing Medicare $90 per day..." The reporters revealed that this for-profit hospice, paid by the government, had "often failed to follow physicians' orders, allowed bed sores to worsen and failed to provide a variety of services." The story listed specific examples of discrepancies between what Medicare required and what regulators found at Trinity operations. These revealed missing criminal history checks in eight of ten personnel files, as well as failures to provide medicines for dying patients and to update plans of care.
  • Second-class Medicine

    The magazine investigates the kind of health care "the uninsured get or don't get." The story "illustrates a two-tiered system of care that exists for chronically-ill: the top tier for those who have the means to buy the-state-of-the-art medication and technology and the bottom tier for those who do not." Among the issues analyzed is "the patchwork of programs put in place by federal and state governments, and by private organizations". The author' conclusion is that "more often than not, these programs came up short". The article recommends prospective legislative steps towards providing health care for all.
  • Uninsured Families Walk a Financial Tightrope

    The Bee presents portraits of California's uninsured. The story explains how 6.9 million Californians - more than 20 percent of the state' s population - must rely on emergency rooms or on their own finances when they get sick.
  • Violence: A Hidden Health Epidemic

    The Detroit News looks at the heath care related onus of intentional violence. The four-day series tracks the costs of violence to tax payers, gridlock in gun prevention, the lack of money spent on violence prevention and possible solutions to the problem.
  • Why Drugs Cost so Much?

    Newsweek takes a look at why prescription drugs cost more and more each year. The expensive and constant innovation in existing drugs, new treatments and the fact that Americans are using more drugs for more conditions are pushing up the prices. The article also covers the plan proposed by both Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
  • Rules Are Rules

    The Wall Street Journal finds that terminally ill patients treated by a hospice in NY were at risk of losing medicare coverage if they lived too long. Now the hospice is forced to screen more stringently before accepting patients.
  • Risky Recycling

    U.S. News & World Report's story about "... medicine's dirty little secret. Under pressure from HMO's, Medicare, and insurance companies to cut costs, thousands of U.S. hospitals are quietly recycling millions of disposable saw blades, biopsy forceps, and catheters for use in procedures from cardiac angioplasties to orthopedic surgery, putting unwitting patients at risk for injury, infection and worse. Proponents say the practice is safe and saves millions of dollars. (Critics call it) 'medical experimentation without patient benefit, written consent - or even patient knowledge.' The full consequences of instrument recycling are impossible to determine..."
  • Medi-Crack

    Fox News/Fox Files reports "an undercover investigation of a health-care system scam fueling a drug epidemic. On the streets of LA.... Many people with Medi Cal and/or Medicare cards were recruited and paid to go to the doctor. In many instances these people took the money and bought drugs, in numerous cases crack, which provided the "entrepreneurs" behind this scam, steady, dependent volunteers for their illegal enterprise. The doctors would use the Medicare / Medi Cal cards to bill California State and/or Federal government for services rendered. ..."