Jan 19
2015

Hospitals expand despite cutbacks

Albany has put hospital closures squarely on the table as part of the statewide effort to cut health care costs. Then why are hospitals throughout New York City spending hundreds of millions of dollars to expand? The reason, according to the hospitals, is that they need to spend money to make money. “You have to invest to stay in […]

Jan 9
2015

Caring for health care

ON THE FIRST weekend of October the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees made an announcement that shook the city from its fall slumber and forced its attention on a growing problem for health care ethics. The decision had been made to sell the University Hospital, a Catholic institution since 1933, to the for-profit Tenet […]

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Jan 17
2015

The doctor is not in: on the managed failure of managed health care

We are born, we live, and then we die, but these days we do so with less and less help from a medical profession paid to discount our suffering and ignore our pain. Proofs of the bitter joke implicit in the phrase “managed care” show up in every morning’s newspaper, in casual conversations with relatives […]

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Jan 14
2015

The lady is for turning: health-service reforms

Virginia Bottomley has a great opportunity to transform the national health service. She is fluffing it IMAGINE that John Major, his soap box forgotten, had lost the last election. On entering Downing Street, Neil Kinnock would no doubt have made a rousing speech about the national health service (NHS), boasting that he was taking it […]

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Jan 11
2015

The price of a child’s health

At age 10, Greg Tredo loved to play capture the flag during gym at Pine Trail Elementary School in Ormnond Beach, FL. But when it came time to run, the other children laughed at him because he tired so quickly. He’d try to rest, but the coach insisted that he continue playing, unless he brought a note […]

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