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2009-03-27 15:23:00

WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Coalition on Liability and Access released a report today on the status of medical liability reform on the state and federal level. The report detailed the success of liability reforms in states that have passed laws limiting non-economic damages, while also acknowledging the challenges that remain. "While comprehensive federal legislation has yet to be enacted and is unlikely in the 111th Congress, strong advocacy efforts over the...

2009-03-24 06:00:00

RNs, MDs, Activists Rally for Passage TODAY, Springfield-Photo Op, Press Conference, Bill Hearing SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered nurses, doctors, medical students, and dozens of labor and healthcare community activists will join with Rep. Mary Flowers and other Illinois legislators TODAY to introduce state legislation for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all style system. HB 311, the Healthcare for All Illinois Act, would guarantee healthcare for every state resident. A...

2009-03-23 16:37:00

Dr. James Bean to stress the costs of defensive medicine, need for medical liability reform WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. James Bean, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and member of Doctors for Medical Liability Reform will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for a hearing on "Making Health Care Work for American Families: Improving Access to Care." The hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at...

2009-03-17 10:10:00

Patient Feedback is a Gift that Helps Doctors Improve Health Care WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Doctor's Day on March 30th, DrScore.com, the physician rating Web site, is encouraging all patients to give the gift of feedback by rating their doctors online. "The best gift patients can give their doctors and the entire health care system in general is honest, constructive feedback," says Steve Feldman M.D., DrScore's founder and a practicing dermatologist. "If we...

2009-03-09 08:30:00

Senator Max Baucus, Leading Architect of Health Care Reform, Received More Industry Contributions Than Any Other Democrat WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers contributed $5.5 million to the top 10 recipients in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the last two election cycles - a period in which health care reform dominated political discourse, according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog. Health...

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2009-03-04 07:51:11

The United States healthcare system is plagued with skyrocketing costs and widespread waste, according to a new report by the nonpartisan think tank Rand Corp. While undoubtedly one of the world's most advanced and complicated healthcare systems, challenges have escalated as the population ages, said the report, which can be viewed at www.randcompare.org. The survey found that while Americans are living longer, two-thirds are now overweight or obese, one in 10 have diabetes and roughly 25...

2009-02-24 23:01:00

Public Strongly Supports Action on Health Care Reform, But Majority Think It Can Be Done Without Additional Spending Trust in President Obama on Health Reform is High MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As economic conditions continue to worsen, the public is increasingly worried about the affordability and availability of care, with many postponing or skipping treatments due to cost in the past year and a notable minority forced into serious financial straits due to...

2009-02-19 01:09:09

Meaningful healthcare reform could result in affordable insurance coverage, improved outcomes and slower spending, officials of a foundation said. A report released by The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System details the non-profit organization's recommendations for an integrated set of policies and assesses the impacts of specific policy actions from 2010-2020, compared with the status quo. Dr. James J. Mongan, chairman of the commission, said many of these...

2009-01-16 19:05:00

U.S. adults say healthcare reform should be a top priority, after economic recovery, for President-elect Barack Obama and Congress, a survey indicates. A national survey conducted by researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 73 percent of U.S. adults say improving the economy is the top priority for the new president and Congress. Forty-eight percent rank fighting terrorism among the top priories, followed by 43 percent who view reforming...

2009-01-16 00:54:14

Swiss and Dutch healthcare systems can serve as examples for U.S. healthcare reformers, officials at a U.S. non-profit group said. Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis said both countries cover all but 1 percent of their population due to an individual mandate to purchase health insurance and premium assistance for those with low incomes. Switzerland and the Netherlands have mixed public-private systems, with an individual mandate and insurance market reforms that are similar to the...


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