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  • Executive Summary posted January 17, 2006 by Randolph W. Pate, Derek Hunter Executive Summary: Code Blue: The Case for Serious State Medical Liability Reform

    In many states, a medical liability crisis is prompting physicians to scale back their practices or shut their doors entirely. As a result, patients are losing access to vital health services and must travel farther and wait longer to receive needed care. For the many doctors and millions of their patients who are concerned about access to quality medical care, serious…

  • Backgrounder posted January 17, 2006 by Randolph W. Pate, Derek Hunter Code Blue: The Case for Serious State Medical Liability Reform

    In many states, a medical liability crisis is prompting physicians to scale back their practices or shut their doors entirely. As a result, patients are losing access to vital health services and must travel farther and wait longer to receive needed care. The problem is especially acute in rural areas, where attracting health care providers is already more difficult. For…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2005 by Nina Owcharenko, Derek Hunter Recovering Health Coverage

    Long-term promises almost always turn into long-term problems. Just ask Detroit. The Big Three automakers (General Motors, Ford and Daimler Chrysler) are suffering record losses and lagging sales. They've been here before, in the late 1970s, and managed to pull through. However, there is one significant difference between then and now: rising health-care costs,…

  • WebMemo posted November 3, 2005 by Derek Hunter Guaranteed Pain and Suffering: The Recent Research on Drug Price Controls

    Download PDF version The United States Senate may soon consider a measure that would strike an important provision of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act that restricts the government's ability to impose price controls on prescription drugs. While price controls guaranteeing cheap prescription drugs for everyone may sound appealing [1], the consequences of…

  • WebMemo posted September 6, 2005 by Derek Hunter Health Savings Accounts: The News Keeps Getting Better

    There is good news in the world of health insurance. While premiums for traditional insurance continue to rise, premiums for one kind of insurance are decreasing. That option, the Health Savings Account, gives consumers real choice, offering a variety of plans to fit a wide range of needs and budgets.   HSAs were created as part of the Medicare Modernization…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2005 by Derek Hunter United States and Canada: A Tale of Two Medicares

    In 1997, George Zeliotis, a Quebec citizen, learned that he needed hip-replacement surgery. But his troubles were just beginning. As is standard in Canada for non-emergency surgery, Zeliotis was put on a waiting list behind everyone else in Quebec who needed the same procedure. When he learned that his wait would be a year and that he would have to endure the pain…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2005 by Derek Hunter Doing Your Own Health Care Thing: American Seniors vs. Canadian Citizens

    Canadian citizens and American seniors have one thing in common: both groups are enrolled in government health programs called "Medicare." Canadians are enrolled at birth; American seniors at age 65. Until recently, both American seniors and their Canadian counterparts also shared one other feature of health care financing and delivery: neither could elect to spend…

  • Backgrounder posted April 28, 2005 by Derek Hunter Medicare Drug Cost Estimates: What Congress Knows Now

    [W]e as a Congress have an obligation to try to fix [those entitlement programs] today so that they don't end up bank­rupting our children and our children's children tomorrow. -Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)[1]   There is no way we are going to deliver all the Medicare promises that have been made. No way. -David M. Walker, U.S. Comptroller…

  • WebMemo posted March 9, 2005 by Derek Hunter Guaranteed Future Pain and Suffering: The Recent Research on Drug Price Controls

    According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's recent survey research, most Americans say they favor price controls on prescription drugs.[1] But the good news is that there is a rich professional literature on the history and the disastrous consequences of price controls.[2] As applied to prescription drugs, recent research shows that price controls would lead to less…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2004 by Derek Hunter Seniors Save Big With Medicare Drug Cards

    If the government offered you hundreds of dollars with no strings attached, would you take it? How about if it was willing to throw in an extra $600 if you were low income? Nobody would knowingly walk away from that. Unfortunately, that's exactly what millions of senior citizens will do if they don't sign up for the Medicare Drug Discount Card by Dec. 31. A survey by…

  • Commentary posted October 27, 2004 by Derek Hunter Carding Seniors

    In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Thirty years and more than $5 trillion later, the war was failing. It took the 1996 welfare reform to make it work -- though many critics opposed reform, claiming the policies that had been failing for three decades needed more time to work. The critics aren't so generous when the topic is the new…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2004 by Derek Hunter A Healthy Solution for the Uninsured

    Let's face it: Everybody needs health insurance. As someone who spent my college years uninsured, I learned what it's like to feel ill, yet wait as long as possible to go to see the doctor, hoping it will pass. Luckily I never had a serious health problem -- but millions of people aren't as fortunate. They need help. But Congress still hasn't done the obvious:…

  • WebMemo posted August 26, 2004 by Derek Hunter Counting the Uninsured: Why Congress Should Look Beyond the CensusFigures

    Today, the Census Bureau reports that there are 44.9 million uninsured. But this Census Bureau number is inadequate and, in several important respects, unreliable.   How best to help the uninsured has been a prominent feature of domestic policy for decades. But before there is a solution to this pressing national problem, it must be accurately defined. And…

  • WebMemo posted July 15, 2004 by Derek Hunter The Medicare Discount Drug Cards: One Month In

    Just over a month since its commencement, the Medicare Discount Drug Card program is already showing significant promise in lowering prescription drug costs for seniors.   Savings Estimates Continue to Mount A score of studies using data from the Medicare Discount Drug Card (MDDC) drug price database demonstrate that the program is capable of achieving…

  • Commentary posted June 21, 2004 by Derek Hunter Drug Discount Cards: A Second Opinion

    Let the savings begin. On June 1, the federal government launched its new Medicare drug discount card program to help seniors cut their out-of-pocket expenses on prescriptions. Estimates of savings range from 10 percent to 25 percent off retail prices. There's more. For low-income seniors, the cards carry a $600 subsidy to help offset out-of-pocket costs. This…