Uninsured Trauma Patients are Much More Likely to Die
from the Los Angeles Times
Patients who lack health insurance are more likely to die from car accidents and other traumatic injuries than people who belong to a health plan -- even though emergency rooms are required to care for all comers regardless of ability to pay, according to a study published this week. According to the study, the risk of dying from traumatic injuries is 80 percent higher for those without any insurance, a study says. ER physicians say they're surprised by the findings.
CBO Releases Analysis of Health Care Bill
from USA Today
Health care legislation unveiled Wednesday night by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would cost $848 billion and would reduce budget deficits by $130 billion over the next decade, according to an early analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that was released last night. There are a number of significant differences in this legislation compared with earlier drafts of the bill considered in the Senate and the legislation approved by the House earlier this month.
Senate Democrats Plan to Unveil Health Care Bill
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid prepared to unveil long-awaited healthcare overhaul legislation on Wednesday, with the first test vote on the package expected by the end of the week. The healthcare reform bill, President Barack Obama's top domestic priority, has been delayed in the Senate for weeks as Reid waited for cost estimates and searched for an approach that can win the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican procedural hurdles.
Fewer Residents Covered by Health Insurance
from the Osceola News Gazette
Free clinics and volunteer-based medical services in Osceola County, Fla., are regularly booked to capacity, but with budget cuts and an economic downturn that has left some residents uninsured, more and more of them are turning to social services for health care.
Faster Emergency Room is Just What the Doctor Ordered
from the Jackson Citizen Patriot
For many Jackson County, Mich., residents, the emergency room is their only interaction with Allegiance Health. So, it's critical to the hospital's image and to patients' well-being that Allegiance provides the right experience. Until a year ago, too often that was not the case. Horror stories about long waits undermined the hospital's mission. Many people took bad experiences in the ER as a reason to seek all of their medical care at other hospitals. Impressively, Allegiance has turned that around in the last year, according to hospital statistics.
Money Well Spent: Digital Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Up and Running
from Napanee Guide
For more than a year, residents of Lennox & Addington County in Ontario, Canada, have been donating their hard-earned dollars to a special campaign working to raise money to bring the most up-to-date and technologically sophisticated medical diagnostic gear available to the local hospital. Even though the digital diagnostic imaging campaign, organized by the L&A County General Hospital Foundation, is ongoing, the equipment has been in place for a couple of months now.
Some Specialists Will See Extra Cuts in Medicare Pay
from American Medical News
Some specialty groups are loudly protesting new Medicare payment policies that will boost some primary care rates starting next year at the expense of rates for certain specialty services.