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  • HEALTH INSURANCE THAT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: PAPER EMPIRES

    CNN looks at Mutiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWA), an under-regulated insurance concept promoted by the Bush Administration as an answer to the nation's health care crisis; finds loopholes in the concept, March 12 and 24, 1992.
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    St. Louis Magazine investigates the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and finds it does little to protect patients from dangerous and incompetent doctors; finds improper connections between the health care industry and the board, May 1990.
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    Common Cause Magazine finds that the inability of the federal government to succeed at serious health care reform is a result of campaign contributions to members of Congress by the medical industry, January/February and March 1992.
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    Mother Jones compares U.S. and Canadian health care systems and finds the U.S. system sorely wanting; the United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, yet health indicators of U.S. citizens rank among the lowest in the industrialized world.
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    WCVB-TV (Needham, Mass.) reveals how doctors and health care companies can avoid public scrutiny of their questionable records by making secret financial settlements with their former patients and patrons; government enforcment agencies do a poor job of policing doctors and product liability, Nov. 6 - 8, 1991.
  • Failing Health

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "three-part series that documents the acute lack of health care for hundreds of thousands of rural Arkansans.... due largely to the combined effects of poverty and lack of transportation, medical care is virtually out of reach for many rural Arkansans except in emergency cases. The series documents ... the existence of an underground transportation network upon which rural Arkansans are utterly dependent for the most basic functions of everyday life, whether it is going to a store to buy food or getting to a hospital. This informal, private transportation network forces thousands of rural Arkansans to spend a large portion of what little money they have just to get to and from the grocery store or hospital."
  • The Best Care Crime Can Buy

    WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) reports on the level of health care provided to inmates in Florida correctional institutions and compares it to the health care acquired by the average Florida citizen; makes the case that inmates in Florida's prisons receive better care than the average citizen of the state, Nov. 19 - 22, 1991.
  • Rural areas getting slim return on state's medical investment

    Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.V.) reviews the effectiveness of West Virginia's three medical schools to meet the demand for rural health care, and finds that they fail to provide rural areas with physicians.
  • Pushed out

    Columbia Missourian looks at for-profit psychiatric facilities and focuses on expensive inpatient programs that are influenced as much by insurance payment schedules as by the needs of the patient, with patients being cut off from needed treatment when funds run out.
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    Atlantic Monthly proposes a type of health care reform that would promote competition in the bloated health-insurance market by requiring Americans to shop for their own policies, August 1991