Healthcare

The Massachusetts Univeral Health Care Plan

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 5, 2006 |

According to Pam Belluck in the New York Times…Massachusetts is poised to become the first state to provide nearly universal health care coverage with a bill passed overwhelmingly by the legislature Tuesday that Gov. Mitt Romney says he will sign.The plan is a complex mixture of mandatory coverage requirements, tax incentives, and although Ms. Belluck…

Healthcare Assumptions

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 23, 2006 |

In Slate magazine, Michael Kinsley responds to a Paul Krugman/Robin Wells article in the New York Review of Books that argues that complete government control of healthcare — where the government is the only insurance company, and maybe even all doctors work directly for the government — is the only system of healthcare delivery that…

Hospital Attitudes Towards Healthcare Delivery II

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 7, 2006 |

The Providence Business News article by Marion Davis on healthcare pricing also discusses legislation introduced at the behest of Governor Carcieri…Gov. Donald L. Carcieri this year is pushing for legislation to require health plans to disclose to patients the negotiated amounts they pay to providers for services, procedures, tests, drugs or supplies that are subject…

Hospital Attitudes Towards Healthcare Delivery

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 7, 2006 |

Marion Davis has an interesting article in this week’s Providence Business News that discusses the maze of factors involved in healthcare pricing. One section of the article discusses how hospitals seem not to like the health-savings account/high deductible insurance combination because they don’t want to deal with some basic record-keeping that would be involved…Hospital officials…

Discussing the Laffey Plan to Remedy High Drug Costs, Part 2

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 22, 2006 |

The next two problem/solution pairs proposed in Steve Laffey’s plan to remedy high drug costs concern different aspects of the problem of regulation. (The first two problem/solution pairs are discussed here) . 1. The first issue is the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration…Today’s Problem: FDA regulates drugs foremost on…

Discussing the Laffey Plan to Remedy High Drug Costs, Part 1

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 22, 2006 |

The most difficult part of Steve Laffey’s campaign platform for the traditional Republican base to swallow (so to speak) has been his promise to “fight the big drug companies”. On Monday, Mayor Laffey laid out in detail his plan to remedy high drug costs. (Katherine Gregg and Jim Baron both provide good tastes of the…

How the Most Boring Law Ever Determines the Shape of American Healthcare, Part 2

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 20, 2006 |

…Continued from the previous post. Health insurers saw in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) an incentive to sell as much insurance through employers as possible, because ERISA insulated them from any liability greater than the actual costs of treatments. This aspect of the law was the key factor in making employer-based…

Who Was Arguing for Importing Drugs from Canada?

By | December 19, 2005 | Comments Off on Who Was Arguing for Importing Drugs from Canada?

From the December 19, 2005 issue of BioCentury, a biotechnology industry publication available only by subscription, comes a story entitled “FDA seizes imported drugs.” FDA said that in 1,700 parcels intercepted at three U.S. airports over a few days in August, only 15% of drugs that were promoted as “Canadian” actually originated in Canada. The…

Divided and Conquered by the Insurance Industry

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 26, 2005 | Comments Off on Divided and Conquered by the Insurance Industry

From Tuesday’s Pawtucket Times…The tentative contract agreement, reached in private talks conducted well below the public radar, besides the 3 percent pay increase would change no other contract language, including the current lack of a health coverage co-pay. School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro confirmed those details Monday night. Addressing the lack of a co-pay provision,…

Will Science Get Us OUT of a Moral Dilemma?

By Marc Comtois | June 6, 2005 |

This would certainly be good news: In recent months, a number of researchers have begun to assemble intriguing evidence that it is possible to generate embryonic stem cells without having to create or destroy new human embryos. The research is still young and largely unpublished, and in some cases it is limited to animal cells.…

Show your support for Anchor Rising with a 25-cent-per-day subscription.