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Bring on Socialized Medicine - It Can’t be Worse

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 22:57:33 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Nature has created our bodies with such complexity that even our modern knowledge of the workings of its chemistry amounts to pathetic ignorance.

Making it all the more complex and difficult to treat are drug company efforts to promote products with false claims of safety and effectiveness. An example is Merck Drug Company’s settlement of $671 million for bribing doctors, making false claims and overpricing (See links below).

It is the law. Every sick person must be treated by the hospital after they enter the door. If a company pays health insurance it does so by reducing salaries. Taxpayers pay for indigent patients. Payouts for patients are overhead to insurance companies so they are now trying to denying service. Every CEO is expected to achieve more profit for the company each year. . SO what service then is health insurance? None!

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An Answer To Sky High Health Insurance Premiums

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 20:54:44 +0000

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Actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calculate that national health expenditures grew from about 7.0 percent of GDP in 1970 to 15.3 percent in 2003. And, they forecast that medical expenditures will reach 20 percent of GDP by 2015. It's no longer possible for business, our government, or individuals to ignore these rising costs.

Clearly, something must be done. We baby boomers can remember a time when we never gave health insurance a thought. It just automatically came with employment as a free perk. It's not that employers were all that much more generous way back then. Just like today, business was driven by profit. But, businesses needed workers, and workers were a scarce commodity at the end of World War II. Health insurance was a cheap benefit. Once one employer started throwing it in they all had to just to stay competitive.

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Doctors More Likely To Accept Cash Than Medicare Or Medicaid – Health Insurance And Charity Cases

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 15:24:01 +0000

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(Best Syndication) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most doctors are accepting new patients. But not all physicians are accepting new patients without insurance or those with Medicare. You are more likely to be accepted if you pay cash than pay with Medicaid or Medicare, according to the new survey.

The CDC says 94.2% of primary-care physicians are still accepting new patients. Acceptance also depends on the method of payment. Among those doctors not accepting new patients, 43.0% did not accept new charity cases, 29.3% did not accept new Medicaid patients, and 20.3% did not accept new Medicare patients. Only 7.0% did not accept new patients who self-paid with cash or credit cards.

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Comparison Between Dennis Kucinich Health Care Plan To Hillary Clinton Edwards And Obamas - Universal Single Payer Sysytem

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 07:52:04 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Is there a difference between a Single Payer health care system and Universal Health Coverage? You bet, and it is an important difference. A single payer system means there is one health insurance company, and that is typically the government. In contrast, a universal plan would require Americans to purchase insurance from health insurance companies.

The leading Democratic candidates are proposing a Universal Health Care plan which would force Americans to purchase private health insurance. These proposals would not prevent the insurance company from denying claims but would require people to pay premiums to the insurance company.

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Problems With Medicare Health Insurance Companies – Denied Claims And Deceptive Marketing Biggest Issues

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 00:12:28 +0000

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(Best Syndication) A recent federal audit has revealed that private insurance companies have been denying legitimate claims to Medicare recipients and put into practice deceptive marketing. Since March, 11th, health insurance companies have also been fined more than $770,000 for issues involving Medicare recipients.

This revelation comes at a time when health insurance companies are under scrutiny for claim denials in their non-Medicare programs. The New York Times reviewed 91 audit reports and found a huge backlog “of claims and complaints”. The report also describes “improper termination of coverage for people with H.I.V. and AIDS.”

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Oprah Winfrey Talks To Michael Moore About Sicko And Health Care Insurance Industry

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 06:00:56 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Michael Moore visited Oprah Winfrey on Thursday to talk about the health insurance industry. His movie Sicko (See Movie Trailer and videos below) has stirred a debate, and even Oprah admitted that it opened her eyes to the issue. The movie is a warning to the vast majority of Americans who believe they are protected because they have health insurance. The movie does not concern the 50 million without coverage.

Oprah asked a question that she wanted everyone to answer. She asked “Should the son of a gas station attendant have the same health coverage as the son of a CEO?” She told her audience “You need to see this movie”! When she saw the film, it completely changed the way she looked at health care.

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Hillary Will Force Everyone To Buy Health Insurance and Companies To Accept People With Pre-Existing Conditions – Public Option

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 22:13:18 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Hillary Clinton touted her health care program proposal Monday and made it clear her program would not be run by the government. Health care is the second most important issue among Americans after the war in Iraq. All of the Democratic candidates have some sort of universal health care proposal and hers is similar to the Edwards plan.

Americans worry about cancelled policies, denied claims and pre-existing conditions. Her “American Health Choices Plan” would at least address one of those issues by forcing insurance companies to accept people with pre-existing conditions. Amazingly the New York Senator says her plan would be “affordable” even though insurance companies would be forced to accept people with pre-existing conditions.

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Desert Valley Hospital Founder Converts Non-Profit Hospitals To For Profit Medical Centers- Jerry Brown Office Decides On Change

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:52:19 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Founder of our local Desert Valley Hospital, Prem Reddy has been buying hospitals in California the past couple years and is now being criticized for putting profits ahead of patient care. The 58 year old cardiologist flies his new $1.4-million helicopter from his Apple Valley home to Orange County and other facilities in Sherman Oaks, Huntington Beach and San Diego.

A recent report in the Los Angeles Times has put a blemish on this self proclaimed philanthropist. According to the report on July 8th, Reddy’s company, Prime Healthcare Services Inc, has purchased nonprofit entities, and with the approval of California Attorney General Jerry Brown, switched the facilities to a for-profit status.

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Sicko Compares French Canadian British and Cuban Health Care Systems To The United State – Insurance Companies Profits Issue

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 07:38:09 +0000

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(Best Syndication) The Michael Moore movie “Sicko” has not even hit the theaters yet but there is a lot of buzz concerning the film. This movie is not about the uninsured problem. This movie is about the problems faced by people with insurance. Moore chronicled the problems faced by people who have insurance.

Both energy and health care costs have been outstripping inflation. According to the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), Americans spend $2 trillion on health care per year. That works out to about $6,700 per person in the country. In total that is 16 percent of our GDP.

Although no system is perfect, Moore contrasted the US for profit health care system with socialized systems in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and even Cuba. The movie highlights several points and includes some interviews with former insurance company employees who discuss methods used by their employers to increasing profits by denying claims.

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Martin Luther King Jr Harbor Hospital May Be Forced To Close – Woman Died On Floor of Emergency Room

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 07:04:41 +0000

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(Best Syndication) As other hospitals in the metro area have been closing their emergency rooms, the death of a woman last month puts pressure on Martin Luther King Jr. Harbor Hospital (formerly King / Drew) emergency services to take corrective action or risk being shut down. A report revealed that a woman bled to death on the floor of the emergency room last month.

This case even made national news. "Here's a person crying for help. Will no one help?" said Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania who discussed the case on CNN this week. "What kind of a society are we when we can't even render aid to someone who's in their own blood and vomit on the floor and you're mopping around them? It's a kind of morality tale of a society gone cold."

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Barack Obama Unveils Universal Health Care Proposal – Could Save Money For The Average Person Already Insured – Keeps Insurance

Tue, 29 May 2007 22:30:50 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Democrat Presidential Candidate Barack Obama unveiled his plan Tuesday to provide universal health care in the U.S. by 2012. Other candidates have announced similar plans and the 45 year old Obama said in Iowa City "The time has come for universal, affordable health care in America."

Obama’s plan would keep the private insurance system, but add public funds to help those who can’t afford coverage. It would also create a National Health Insurance Exchange to monitor insurance companies in offering the coverage. He says that his plan could save the average consumer $2,500 a year and bring health care to all.

Although both Presidential candidate John Edwards and Obama’s plan would require businesses to help cover their workers, Obama’s plan would not require all American’s to purchase health insurance. According to Mike Glover of Newsday, those who can't afford coverage would get a subsidy on a sliding scale depending on their income, and virtually all businesses would have to share in the cost of coverage for their workers.

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Can Government Health Care Save Money? Study Suggests That It Would – Proposal Would Open Medicare For Everyone

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 08:42:20 +0000

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(Best Syndication) The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System says that many Capital Hill health care proposals could significantly reduce the number of uninsured Americans. The Fund also believes that some of these bills, if passed, could lower overall health care expenditures including those for insurance administration and prescription drugs.

The private foundation was created to promote a better health care system. Their goal, according to their mission statement is to “stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.” But are they right?

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CMS Opens Discussion Concerning Home Sleep Studies - Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Only Covered For In Lab Testing – Could Save Lives

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 06:55:44 +0000

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(Best Syndication) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened a 30-day public comment period for physicians and others to voice their support for the use of multi-channel home sleep testing devices. Sleep Apnea affects an estimated 24 percent of men and 9 percent of women and can lead to auto accidents, stroke, heart failure, and death.

The CMS opened the comment period at the request of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). The Academy calls Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a “pervasive, profoundly dangerous, debilitating, and (a) largely under-diagnosed disease.”

The common method for diagnosing OSA or Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is a sleep study done at either a hospital or sleep lab. This diagnostic procedure is much more expensive than home sleep testing. The group says that home sleep studies have been proven to be accurate, “similar to polysomnography”.

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Illegal Immigrant Births Top List For Emergency Medicaid Health Care Spending – Immigration - 1 Percent Of Medicaid Budget

Tue, 13 Mar 2007 21:55:49 +0000

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(Best Syndication) The vast majority of government-money spent on emergency care for illegal immigrants is used to pay for childbirth and pregnancy related complications for women without insurance. Researchers in North Carolina evaluated the state spending on Medicaid for the years 2001 to 2004.

The researchers said that the cost for emergency care is only 1 percent of their Medicaid budget. Typically both illegal and legal residents do not qualify for Medicaid except for emergency services. The state reimburses the hospitals through Medicaid where the Federal Government does not pay. Federal law excludes reimbursement for illegal and legal immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than five years.

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Edwards Does Not Specify Punishment For People Who Do Not Pay For Health Insurance Yet – Government To Help Low Income

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 09:20:58 +0000

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Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards would like to force all Americans to pay for health insurance. Edwards says he can achieve universal coverage by “Requiring businesses and other employers to either cover their employees or help finance their health insurance.”

If a person is self employed, Edwards would require that person to get health insurance. He hopes to offset the cost by creating new tax credits, expanding Medicaid and SCHIP. Edwards hopes to lower the cost by creating regional “Health Markets” that would give the self employed more bargaining power.

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Spinal Stenosis Foundation to Provide Information and Advocacy

Fri, 29 Dec 2006 15:46:04 +0000

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The Spinal Stenosis Foundation to Provide Information and Advocacy
for Increasing Numbers of Spinal Stenosis Patients and Health Care Providers

A new non-profit organization based in South Florida has been created to help educate and network patients and practitioners affected by Spinal Stenosis, a serious and debilitating spinal canal narrowing common among older adults. The Spinal Stenosis Foundation of Palm Beach County was created by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stewart G. Eidelson, M.D. as a result of his growing awareness that the condition is becoming more prevalent as baby boomers continue to age in unprecedented numbers.

“Palm Beach County leads the nation as one of the number one areas of retired persons who currently suffer from the pain and numbness brought on by spinal stenosis, which affects millions of Americans and limits the ability of our aging population to enjoy the fruits of their labor in later life,” said Dr. Eidelson.

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Nursing Home Fraud Neglect & Abuse Much Too Common

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 09:41:14 +0000

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Residents in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable and helpless citizens in the US, with nearly 1.7 million elderly and disabled persons residing in about 17,000 facilities. And as difficult as it is to believe in this day and age, there is indisputable evidence to show that many nursing home residents are being neglected and abused on a daily basis.

Legislation was passed by Congress in 1987, with a goal to improve nursing home care. However, following an in-depth investigation, a recent report released by Consumer Reports, found inadequate care in nursing homes is still very common, particularly in the large for-profit corporations that run nursing home chains all across the nation.

In order to receive funding from public health care programs like Medicare, the Nursing Home Reform Act requires the nursing home industry to comply with federal regulations related to the quality of care of the elderly in nursing homes and requires that "a nursing facility must care for its residents in such a manner and in such an environment as will promote maintenance or enhancement of the quality of life of each resident."

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