Category Archives: coverage isn’t care

WSJ: “Patients Cram In Tests Before Health-Law Start”

“Thousands of people are cramming in tests, elective procedures and specialist visits before year’s end, seeking out top research hospitals and physician groups that will be left out of some 2014 insurance plans under the new health law, health-care providers say.” Continue reading

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CNN: “Doctor shortage, increased demand could crash health care system”

“Obamacare is expected to increase patient demand for medical services. Combine that with a worsening shortage of doctors, and next year you may have to wait a little longer to get a doctor’s appointment.” Continue reading

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Why Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Will Reduce Health Care Access

Medicaid notoriously underpays doctors, so Medicaid patients have trouble accessing them. When Medicaid eligibility expands, many newly eligible people drop “private” health plans to enroll. Continue reading

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Sickest Canadians Face the Highest Barriers to Care

CTV of Canada reports: “Canadians with chronic conditions are frequent users of the health-care system, but a new report shows many experience considerable difficulty getting the medical treatment they need.” Continue reading

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Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders

“Elderly patients are being condemned to an early death by hospitals making secret use of “do not resuscitate” orders, an investigation has found” – Telegraph UK. Continue reading

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Canada: the soul-destroying search for a family doctor

Journalist Gloria Galloway relates her exhausting search for a family doctor in Ottawa, Canada. Colorado also has a shortage of primary care docs. Will the woes of Canadian patients come to Colorado? Continue reading

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England’s NHS ‘creaking at the seams’ as waiting lists rise

The Telegraph (UK) reminds us that single-payer “universal” health care is really universal misery: “A senior doctors’ leader has warned that the NHS is “creaking at the seams” as official figures showed almost a third more patients are waiting too long to be treated in hospital.” Continue reading

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Stuck with Medicaid “coverage” but no health care? Can’t sue that state

“Most of the “newly covered” [Medicaid] patients won’t be able to find doctors … willing to treat them. … Those “newly covered” people will also have to abandon some of their legal rights.”
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Health care: Maine moves toward freedom, Vermont toward single-payer authoritarianism

Maine adopts free-market reforms (though they conflict with federal health control bill), while Vermont goes single payer. Continue reading

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NHS in England fails to meet “even the most basic standards of care”

“The National Health Service is today condemned over its inhumane treatment of elderly patients in an official report that finds hospitals are failing to meet “even the most basic standards of care” for the over-65s” – Telegraph Continue reading

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