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  • The U.S spends more money on health care than any other country. But the nation's 44 million uninsured face a system of SECOND CLASS

    The fact that U.S is the highest health care spender can be relegated to the backburner, says Consumer Reports. For, the condition of 44 million Americans not covered under health insurance poses bothering questions. CR conducted a 6-month investigation that included interviews with doctors, hospitals, clinics and health experts. The key finding being that these millions of uninsured Americans get second class health care, "if they get any at all".
  • The Rise and Fall of the Killer Drug Rezulin

    The Los Angeles Times explains how "a disparate collection of physicians inside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... combined research and bluntly worded e-mails" to convince their superiors to pull Rezulin, a pill fast-tracked by the FDA that was causing liver failure in patients. It took 90 deaths from the blood-sugar medication before the FDA and manufacturer Warner-Lambert Co. took action.
  • Asbestos -- It's Still Killing

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed how asbestos is still very much a part of everyday life for Americans. "Most Americans believe the government banned asbestos years ago. Most Americans are wrong. Three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center ... EPA Administrator Christie Whitman (told) New Yorkers that they faced no danger from asbestos in the enormous dust storm that inundated Lower Manhattan. ... She was being fed information based on Federal agencies continuing to use 20-year-old technology. (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch) followed civilian scientists and physicians through the streets and dwellings of New York as they used the newest methods to collect and analyze asbestos. (The Post-Dispatch) reported that (the) EPA was not testing any apartments or offices. (The newspaper) reported that the asbestos contamination in many of these dwellings were far (above) the government safety level."
  • Doctors without discipline

    California's health care system has a serious problem with allowing physicians with a history of causing patients injury or death to continue practicing. Heisel and Saar created a database to illustrate the significance of the problem. They used one doctor as a case study to "carry readers through the complicated system of medical regulations"
  • State Salaries

    Hanah Cho found that top university officials in Maryland are making "many times the salary of the governor and other state officials and that the stars of the university system -- physicians and coaches -- had their salaries inflated further by grants and contract deals."
  • The Doctor is Out

    Sickened by the shift to managed care, more physicians are claiming disability, moving into administration or leaving medicine altogether.
  • What Doctors Don't Know

    The Washington Monthly examines the care given by doctors in America and concludes "scores of thousands of patients are dying or being injured every year because the best scientific information on how to care for them is not being put into practice by physicians."
  • The Hospitalist

    Managed health care is changing the way patients are cared for in the US. One example is a position emerging called a hospitalist. This doctor does the job of a primary care doctor while a patient is in the hospital. Some are employed by hospitals, by groups of doctors or by the HMOs themselves.
  • The Orgasm Industry. Drug Companies Search for a Female Viagra.

    Since the launch of Viagra in May 1998, pharmaceutical companies have scrambled to find the next big sex drug for women. Start-up pharmaceutical companies and enterprising physicians have jumped into the fray to threat what they see as an underserved market of tens of millions of sexually dysfunctional women.
  • The Secret Report

    A WCPO-TV investigation reveals that four of Cincinnati's biggest corporate giants -- Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Kroger and Cincinnati Bell -- commissioned a secret report ten years ago aimed at cutting the insurance costs of the companies. "Afraid to lose tens of thousands of potential patients the Big Four employed, hospitals and doctors cut deals that drove down their pay." The WCPO-TV investigation found that "physicians today could earn dramatically more by just moving hours away."