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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 08, 2009 And You Thought a Prescription Was Private
QUOTE: But in fact, prescriptions, and all the information on them — including not only the name and dosage of the drug and the name and address of the doctor, but also the patient’s address and Social Security number — are a commodity bought and sold in a murky marketplace, often without the patients’ knowledge or permission....Before the changes, privacy regulations mainly applied to hospitals and doctors. Enforcement was weak, and there were lots of loopholes.
New York Times Jun 27, 2007 Scant Drug Benefits Called Costly to Employers
QUOTE: Employers that shift too much of the cost of drugs to workers in their company health plans could wind up losing more than they save, through absenteeism and lost productivity, according to a study by health policy researchers.
New York Times May 22, 2007 Film Offers New Talking Points in Health Care Debate
QUOTE: Few of them may become Michael Moore fans. But some insurance industry officials and health policy experts acknowledged yesterday that the film documentary “Sicko,” Mr. Moore’s indictment of health care in this country, taps into widespread public concern that the system does not work for millions of Americans.
New York Times Jan 22, 2007 Showdown Looms in Congress Over Drug Advertising on TV
QUOTE: "Criticism of direct-to-consumer advertising has intensified since 2004, after Merck withdrew Vioxx, a heavily advertised painkiller, after a clinical trial showed that it sharply increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes."
New York Times Jun 01, 2006 Low Payments by U.S. Raise Medical Bills Billions a Year
QUOTE: Employers and consumers are paying billions of dollars more a year for medical care to compensate for imbalances in the nation's health care system resulting from tight Medicare and Medicaid budgets...
New York Times May 25, 2006 The Check Is Not in the Mail
QUOTE: Tardiness or refusal to pay what doctors consider legitimate medical claims may add as much as 15 to 20 percent in overhead costs for physicians, forcing them to pursue those claims or pass along the costs to other patients...
New York Times Aug 16, 2005 Prices of Drugs for Elderly Said to Far Outrun Inflation
QUOTE: For the third consecutive year, the average prices of dozens of brand-name prescription drugs widely used by elderly Americans have risen more than twice as fast as general inflation...
New York Times Jul 25, 2005 A New Worry for Investors: Retirees' Medical Benefits
QUOTE: Financial professionals say health costs are also a big drag on the investment value of the stocks and bonds of many other companies in heavy industries... companies under pressure are ones that promised medical coverage to their employees and retirees, in many cases long before the surging prices of new drugs and procedures sent costs spiraling.
New York Times Jul 12, 2005 WellPoint Agrees to Settle a Long Dispute With Doctors
QUOTE: Seeking peace in a long-running war between doctors and insurers, WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurer, announced a settlement yesterday with 700,000 doctors who had accused the company of interfering in medical decisions and of routinely underpaying hospitals and physicians.
New York Times Feb 03, 2004 Companies Limit Health Coverage of Many Retirees
QUOTE: Mr. McArdle of Hewitt said that the roster of companies offering retiree health benefits had dwindled as medical costs soared and employers encountered new competitors, both overseas and at home, that rarely covered retirees.
New York Times Oct 17, 2003 Former Chief of HealthSouth Refuses to Respond at Hearing
QUOTE: ...board minutes were altered at Mr. Scrushy's behest, board members were investigated by his security chief and employees were afraid to complain about company practices that they regarded as fraudulent.
New York Times Nov 09, 2001 Fewer Choices for Workers On Benefits
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of employees are being forced to drop their health plans and choose a different one this month as companies across the country sharply reduce their rosters of H.M.O.'s and other managed care insurers.
New York Times Oct 02, 2001 Victims' Families Promised Some Health Coverage
QUOTE: Thousands of people are in danger of losing their health insurance in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center...
New York Times Aug 19, 2001 Patients' Rights: What's At Stake?
QUOTE: ...Congress may be close to passing patients' rights legislation. A conference committee will work to reconcile a Senate bill and a version that the House passed on Aug. 3...
New York Times Jun 13, 2001 Judge Issues Mixed Rulings In Suits Against H.M.O.'s
QUOTE: A federal judge in Miami yesterday partly dismissed lawsuits that challenged the managed care practices of six big health insurers but said he would allow plaintiffs to amend their cases.
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