March 2003 Health Care News

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March, 2003
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The March 2003 issue of Health Care News offers articles addressing the key health care topics of the day:

  • long-term care. Stephen Moses of the Center For Long-Term Care Financing summarizes the issue and urges “a change in public policy incentives to encourage Americans to take the risk of long-term care seriously, to plan early, and to save, invest, or insure so they can pay privately when they need long-term care.”
  • medical malpractice reform. Managing Editor Conrad Meier and attorney James Taylor team up to report on the latest work slowdowns by physicians who no longer can get affordable malpractice insurance. Between July 2001 and July 2002, average insurance rates across the country increased 29.1 percent for general surgeons, 17.6 percent for internal medicine specialists, and 12.5 percent for obstetricians/gynecologists. Some doctors now pay $200,000 a year or more for their malpractice coverage.
  • the State of the Union address. Heartland President Joseph L. Bast analyzes President George W. Bush’s January 28 address and urges the President to “focus his attention, both in the Medicare arena and AIDS, on allowing people to choose and private companies to innovate and compete.”

The issue features part 2 of a two-part series, written by Ethan Allen Institute President John McClaughry, outlining key health care reforms that state legislators should consider in 2003. (Part 1, outlining federal-level reforms, appeared in the February issue.)

Also in this issue: contrarian thinking on America’s obesity epidemic; the 108th Congress’s unique opportunity to liberate Medical Savings Accounts; the politics of Medicare reform; Greg Scandlen’s look at consumer-driven health care; the Galen Report; and coverage of state policy actions in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia.

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