March 2005 Health Care News

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March, 2005
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Page 1 of the March issue of Health Care News addresses new headline-grabbing claims that half of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by medical problems. Greg Scandlen of the Galen Institute documents how the claims are biased and grossly exaggerated.

Also on page 1:

  • More than 30 million uninsured Americans became eligible in February to receive prescription drug savings through a private-sector discount program called Together Rx Access.
  • The second annual World Health Care Congress, convened in Washington, DC in late January, addressed Medicare and Medicaid reform, among other topics.
  • The Maine state legislature will consider a bill introduced by State Rep. Tom Shields to repeal the state's Certificate of Need (CON) law, originally passed in 1978.

Heartland President Joseph L. Bast reports on a January meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General addressing prescription drug pricing and advertising. The March issue of Health Care News also offers a review of Sally Pipes' Miracle Cure: How to Solve America's Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn't the Answer and reports on health care tax credits, the federal prescription drug program, consumer-driven health care, a new private-sector health insurance program for the working uninsured, mental health screening of children, and more.

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