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Sep 28, 2013 In cancer drug battle, both sides appeal to ethics

QUOTE: Andrea Sloan is dying of ovarian cancer. Having exhausted all standard treatment options, her doctors say her best hope now is a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors....But she's not getting the treatment because the company is refusing to give it to her. That's because this drug she wants is still in clinical trials, and the company says hasn't been proven effective.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 25, 2012 Are cruise lines 'dumping' sick passengers?

QUOTE: I asked Royal Caribbean about its policy on dropping off passengers and whether the Claussens could have done anything differently. It declined to answer. Walker says that cruise lines keep their policies on emergency care confidential.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Feb 10, 2012 N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply

QUOTE: Some New York Catholic institutions...chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers. But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2010 Bringing Comparison Shopping to the Doctor’s Office

QUOTE: there has been no easy way for consumers to shop for the best deal on a colonoscopy or blood test. A start-up financed by prominent venture capitalists and the Cleveland Clinic, Castlight Health, aims to change that by building a search engine for health care prices.

New York Times
May 27, 2010 In Ultrasound, Abortion Fight Has New Front

QUOTE: With backing from anti-abortion groups, which argue that sonograms can help persuade women to preserve pregnancies, 20 states have enacted laws that encourage or require the use of ultrasound....“You don’t just walk into one of these places like you’re getting your nails done,” she said. “I think we’re armed with enough information to make adult decisions without being emotionally tortured.”

New York Times
Oct 05, 2009 Childbirth at the Global Crossroads: Women in the developing world who are paid to bear other people's children test the emotional limits of the international service economy.

QUOTE: despite [Dr. Nayna] Patel's view of commercial surrogacy as a straightforward equation, it's far more complicated for both the surrogates and the genetic parents. Like nannies or nurses, surrogates perform "emotional labor" to suppress feelings that could interfere with doing their job. Parents must decide how close they are willing (or able) to get to the woman who will give birth to their child.

American Prospect
Sep 26, 2009 In Canada, a move toward a private healthcare option

QUOTE: Hoping to capitalize on patients who might otherwise travel to the U.S. for speedier healthcare, a network of technically illegal private clinics and surgical centers has sprung up in British Columbia, echoing a trend in Quebec. In October, the courts will be asked to decide whether the budding system should be sanctioned.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 12, 2009 In Africa, Courts Shape Views on AIDS: Rulings Hold Power To Ease or Deepen Stigma of Disease

QUOTE: As African countries still struggle to control the deadly AIDS epidemic, they are also grappling with debates over what rights and duties to give those living with the disease...

Washington Post
Sep 03, 2009 When Patient Handoffs Go Terribly Wrong (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Physicians who are signing out may inadvertently omit information, such as the rationale for a certain antibiotic or a key piece of the patient’s surgical history. And doctors who are receiving the information may not assume the same level of responsibility for the care of that patient.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2009 Dialysis treatment in USA: High costs, high death rates

QUOTE: Although the USA spends more per dialysis patient than other countries, that does not result in higher survival rates or even, many argue, a better quality of life.

Aug 03, 2009 'Guerrilla' stem cell clinic raided by police

QUOTE: Stem cell tourism – patients paying for treatment at illegal "guerrilla" clinics – continues to be a lucrative racket.

New Scientist
Jun 01, 2009 The Law: Waiving Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

QUOTE: Many [nursing home] facilities include provisions requiring that residents and their families accept binding arbitration and forgo use of the court system to resolve a wide range of disputes.

May 25, 2009 Referral System Turns Patients Into Commodities

QUOTE: Physician-to-physician referrals are the currency of day-to-day transactions in medicine, but as with any currency, they can be manipulated.

New York Times
Nov 28, 2008 Baidu Vows to Overhaul After Search Scandal

QUOTE: China's Internet search leader Baidu said on Friday it will overhaul operations after state media said it allowed unlicensed medical services to buy high search rankings to win more customers.

PC Magazine
Nov 05, 2008 Health Tests To Think Twice About

QUOTE: Two problems with preventive health screens: First, plenty of screens don't really work that well. Many yield lots of false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments; others work, though not in time for patients to act, leaving them to a life of endless dread. Second, these screens can cost thousands of dollars, and many aren't covered by insurance.

Aug 28, 2008 Medical Bills You Shouldn't Pay: In a controversial practice known as "balance billing," health-care providers are going after patients for money they don't owe

QUOTE: As health-care costs continue to soar, millions of confused consumers are paying medical bills they don't actually owe. Typically this occurs when an insurance plan covers less than what a doctor, hospital, or lab service wants to be paid. The health-care provider demands the balance from the patient....this common practice, known as balance billing, often is illegal.

Jul 31, 2008 Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights: Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Care to Which They Object

QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions...

Washington Post
May 17, 2008 Report Assesses Blame in Hepatitis Cases

QUOTE: The report, based on state and federal officials’ observations of patient procedures at the clinic, details a host of unsanitary practices, including nurses’ and anesthesiologists’ failing to wear gloves when they administered intravenous medications.

New York Times
May 10, 2008 Illegal Farm Workers Get Health Care in Shadows

QUOTE: The people [immigrants] need help because they are in the United States illegally and because they are poor. Few have health insurance, but the backbreaking nature of their work, along with the toxicity of American poverty, insure that many are ailing.

New York Times
May 01, 2008 Report Questions Quality of Medical Care for Workers in War Zones (Federal Diary)

QUOTE: The Defense Department, for example, has issued a memo that provides medical care for injured Defense civil service employees at the same level and scope of that provided to military personnel. But that directive may not be sufficient or properly implemented, the report said.

Washington Post
Jan 30, 2008 Questioning the Allure of Putting Cells in the Bank

QUOTE: ...some experts say consumers should think twice before spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on [banking stem sells]...because it is not clear how useful such cells will be. “In the stem cell area, we have a problem with truth in advertising,” said [one expert]. “Some of these companies are skirting right on the edge of what’s truthful and what’s vaporware.”

New York Times
Jan 22, 2008 Blood bank bias alleged against gay, bisexual men: Would-be donors say they're barred despite emergency

QUOTE: Would-be donors in the Seattle area are accusing blood banks of discriminatory policies banning most gay and bisexual men from giving blood.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jan 18, 2008 Despite Doubts, Cancer Therapy Draws Patients

QUOTE: [High-intensity focused ultrasound] is not approved in the United States [as treatment for prostate cancer]. [Some cancer experts] argue that there is not yet enough evidence that the treatment stops cancer over the long run and they say the side effects are not as minimal as described by US HIFU, the company sponsoring the offshore treatment weekends.

New York Times
Jan 16, 2008 Forced Rectal Exam Stirs Questions

QUOTE: Under what circumstances can a patient in an emergency room be forced to submit to a procedure that doctors deem to be medically necessary? That question — and the notion of informed consent — is at the heart of a civil case that is about to go to trial in March in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 In Hospice Care, Longer Lives Mean Money Lost

QUOTE: Over the last eight years, the refusal of patients to die according to actuarial schedules has led the federal government to demand that hospices exceeding reimbursement limits repay hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicare.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 Lawyers step up to help veterans gratis

QUOTE: The approach marks the first time since the Civil War that attorneys have been recruited in large numbers to represent veterans. The lawyers hope their legal expertise will speed consideration of claims and result in better benefits for veterans, Stichman says.

Nov 14, 2007 Mentally Ill in Serbia Are Abused, Report Says

QUOTE: In the report, which is expected to be read closely by European Union officials who are assessing Serbia’s readiness to join the 27-member bloc, researchers concluded that “filthy conditions, contagious diseases, lack of medical care and rehabilitation and a failure to provide oversight renders placement in a Serbian institution life-threatening.”

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 Wounded troops overwhelm care: The current means of caring for returning vets is antiquated, compounding concern over the long-term cost of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week cited "fundamental system weaknesses" on the part of both the Defense Department (DOD) and the VA in how they treat wounded vets – including not enough staff and staff training.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 22, 2007 Care Critical for Homeless: Lack of Treatment for Chronic Diseases Sends Lives Spiraling

QUOTE: The No. 1 cause of death among the homeless is untreated chronic illness. Chronic illness does not often, by itself, cause homelessness, experts say, but it's an ingredient in the mix of crushing problems, which often includes troubled personal history or economic trauma.

Washington Post
Aug 23, 2007 Tired of Waiting for a Doctor? Try the Drugstore

QUOTE: The concept has been called urgent care “lite”: Patients who are tired of waiting days to see a doctor for bronchitis, pinkeye or a sprained ankle can instead walk into a nearby drugstore and, at lower cost, with brief waits, see a doctor or a nurse and then fill a prescription on the spot... New York State regulators are investigating the business relationships between drugstore companies and medical providers to determine whether the clinics are being used improperly to increase business or steer patients to the pharmacies in which the clinics are located.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2007 Collateral Damage: Gravely injured in an Israeli missile attack, a 5 year-old Palestinian girl is at the center of a fight over whether Israel should continue to provide treatment.

QUOTE: Although it has never formally accepted responsibility, the Israeli government has largely sponsored her complicated medical rehabilitation for the past 15 months. But now her father has been told by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that his daughter must leave Israel and return to the territory of the Palestinian Authority. "Sending her away from this hospital, out of Israel, is like sending her to hell," says Aman, 30.

Jul 24, 2007 Smoking Ban Is Proposed In Drug Centers

QUOTE: [Although] state officials say a deeper understanding about addiction triggers and the dangers of tobacco has changed the consensus on the best way to treat users .... this approach is not undisputed in the scientific community.

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
May 10, 2007 Medicare's $869 Air Mattress Bill: Government Arrests 38 As It Cracks Down On Health-Care Fraud

QUOTE: The schemes center on what prosecutors call the nation's largest hot spot for health-care malfeasance: the southern district of Florida. Over the past several weeks, federal agents visited dozens of companies there that charged Medicare for prosthetic limbs, costly AIDS drugs, air mattresses and urinary collection bags. Few if any of the products were purchased or delivered to patients in need.

Washington Post
Mar 07, 2007 It's Not Just Walter Reed: Still more ways Bush is screwing returning vets.

QUOTE: The scandals and shortfalls in the military's health-care system stem from the same sensibility that produced the scandals and shortfalls in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It is the Bush administration's sensibility of denial—its willful disinclination to face war's true cost (in all senses of the word) and its readiness to use bookkeeping tricks to perpetuate the deception.

Dec 01, 2006 Side Effects: Profit and Questions on Prostate Cancer Therapy

QUOTE: "The nearly 240,000 men in the United States who will learn they have prostate cancer this year have one more thing to worry about: Are their doctors making treatment decisions on the basis of money as much as medicine?"

New York Times
Aug 20, 2006 Mental Health Services Questioned

QUOTE: As more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan seek mental health treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs, lawmakers, advocates and even some VA experts have raised questions about whether returning troops will get what they need.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2006 Prescription Errors Kill, Injure Americans, Report Says: Extensive National Study Finds Widespread, Costly Mistakes in Giving and Taking Medicine

QUOTE: At least 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured or killed each year by errors in prescribing, dispensing and taking medications, the influential Institute of Medicine concluded in a major report released yesterday.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2006 Report Finds a Heavy Toll From Medication Errors

QUOTE: Medication errors harm 1.5 million people and kill several thousand each year in the United States, costing the nation at least $3.5 billion officials and hospital groups pledged reforms, but many of the most important efforts have been slow to take hold.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2006 A Medical Crisis of Conscience: Faith Drives Some To Refuse Patients Medication or Care

QUOTE: Around the United States, health workers and patients are...sparking...bitter debate over religious freedom vs. patients' rights..."What constitutes an ethical right of conscience in medicine, and what are the limits?"

Washington Post
Jun 28, 2006 Charities Tied to Doctors Get Drug Industry Gifts

QUOTE: Around the country, doctors in private practice have set up tax-exempt charities...the doctors involved defend those efforts as legitimate charitable activities that benefit the public... can bias the treatment decisions of physicians, may lead to suspect research findings and at times may even risk running afoul of anti-kickback laws.

New York Times
May 11, 2006 Zimbabweans Pay Dearly For Cost of Health Care: Hyperinflation Pushes Medical Treatment Beyond Means of Most

QUOTE: ...Zimbabwe's beleaguered, cash-starved health system refuses treatment to those who cannot pay skyrocketing medical bills up front.

Washington Post
Feb 10, 2006 More Vets Get Health Care, but 'Priority 8' Is Like Priority Zero

QUOTE: More than a quarter-million "Priority 8" veterans who tried to sign up for VA health care coverage between January 2003 and October 2005 were turned away because of the new effort to rein in costs.

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2005 More Scrutiny Sought For Reused Devices: House Member Questions FDA's Role

QUOTE: A key member of Congress called yesterday for more rigorous federal oversight of reused medical devices designated as one-time-use instruments.

Washington Post
Dec 11, 2005 Hospitals Save Money, But Safety Is Questioned

QUOTE: A growing number of U.S. hospitals, including at least eight in the Washington area, are saving money by reusing medical devices designated for one-time use, ignoring the warnings of manufacturers, which will not vouch for the safety of their reconditioned products.

Washington Post
Nov 06, 2005 Passport to Health Care At Lower Cost to Patient: California HMOs Send Some Enrollees to Mexico

QUOTE: With health care costs in the United States continuing to rise, many employers in Southern California are turning to insurance plans that send their workers to Mexico for routine care...the new trend has some medical professionals in the United States worried that care is being sacrificed to low prices.

Washington Post
Oct 30, 2005 Being a Patient: For a Retainer, Lavish Care by 'Boutique Doctors'

QUOTE: Since its debut in 1996, concierge medicine has evoked criticism from many corners. Some ethicists say it is exacerbating the inequities in American health care. Insurance regulators have raised concerns about fraud. Government watchdogs, worried that it threatens the tenuous equilibrium of the health care system...

New York Times
Oct 20, 2005 When the Z's You Get Aren't Yours

QUOTE: Older women typically tolerated their husbands' snores, perhaps through gritted teeth, mostly for cultural reasons, but also because treating snoring was not an option 20 or 30 years ago. Not so for today's younger women...

New York Times
Jul 26, 2005 Prison Experts See Opportunity For Improvement

QUOTE: The longtime trend toward closing mental hospitals and returning the patients to communities unable to support them means more are ending up behind bars....Solitary confinement, where inmates are typically confined for 23 hours a day with virtually no contact with others, is "psychologically toxic,"...

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2005 When Geography Influences Treatment Options: Physicians in Some Regions Are More Likely to Advise Surgery Over Less-Invasive Alternatives

QUOTE: ...a jigsaw pattern of medical care in which the patient's chance of having surgery often is decided by where he or she happens to live. In Fort Myers, Medicare patients are twice as likely to have back surgery as those in Miami.

Washington Post

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