American-style health care system pushed in Canada

By Wendell Potter

Canada's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to remake nation's health care system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… e campaign behind the scenes was the trade association, America’s Health Insurance Plans. With help from a right-wing Canadian outfit called the Fraser Insti …"

Massachusetts tackles next phase of health care reform: controlling costs

By Wendell Potter

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

A challenging two-step: cutting costs and covering the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… th care costs could not be done in a single piece of legislation. Bill and Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to do it in the early 1990s. What happened then was t …"

The other Washington could hold the key to Medicare's cost crisis

By Joe Eaton

Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that don't work. Why can't Medicare do that?

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… wamped by the influence of drug makers, medical device companies and local physicians, who often believe procedures work, even if the prevailing science says o …"

"… al coverage determination process, it is often swamped by the influence of physicians and manufacturers, as in the 2007 case of cardiac CT scans, a radiology p …"

"… ashington have become more savvy at doing their own research. That has led physician groups and other medical industry interests to “coverage shop,” partic …"

Hospital 'facility fees' boosting medical bills, and not just for hospital care

By Fred Schulte

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… you will get two bills instead of one,” said John W. Phillips, a Seattle lawyer who has filed class action lawsuits seeking to make hospitals disclose the …"

Daily Disclosure: Hospital PAC backs GOP House candidates

By Rachael Marcus

American Hospital Association spends big favoring opponents of Obama health care plan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Hospital Association":

"… e end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… s 5th District and  Jim Gerlach in Pennsylvania’s 6th District.The American Hospital Association is a trade group representing hospitals and health care networks. It oppos …"

"… more immediate threat, according to a white paper published this year.The American Hospital Association and several other health associations are also under pressure from the fed …"

OPINION: Documentary captures what's wrong with U.S. health care

By Wendell Potter

Documentary 'Escape Fire' captures what's wrong with U.S. health care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… er from Louisiana. We meet Sgt. Rodney Yates as he is being transported to Germany and then to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after being injure …"

OPINION: The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

By Wendell Potter

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there's no evidence it works.

ANALYSIS: Park City vantage point puts tragedy of American health care in vivid relief

By Wendell Potter

Death shows contrasts between Canadian, U.S. health care systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ve been one of those people. It also hit me that the work I was doing as a spokesman for the insurance industry was making it necessary, at least in part, for …"

Doctors skittish about health technology despite promise of big federal bucks

By Susan Jaffe

The federal government is paying physicians billions to adopt electronic health records, but doctors still aren't sure they want the cash

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Medical Association":

"… teria is so complicated that seven health care associations, including the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association, have asked federal officials to resolve …"

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… s bill was enacted — could receive windfall payments under the plan. The Kaiser Permanente health plan system, for example, has invested billions of dollars in digit …"

Electronic health records probe expands to hospitals

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Sen. Grassley's inquiry seeks details on possible flaws with software

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Fuzzy math? Rising costs in government's digital health stimulus

By Fred Schulte

Spending could be double the Obama Administration's public estimate of $19B

Chamber of Commerce flowchart linked to former insurance industry lobbyist

By Joe Eaton

Free-market cheerleaders have long relied on the flowchart to push their notion that government intervention makes a hash of things. Republi

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocacy":

"… ed out of an abundance of caution.”Avram Goldstein, a researcher for the advocacy group Health Care for America Now, was not surprised at the link. “The i …"