Tag Archives: health care quality

A Call to Conscience-Pre-existing condition changes and Limits on Patient Legal Options

This is a quick blog about some disturbing issues pending in Congress.  First is the new call to eliminate pre-existing condition protection. The intent is to repeal the protection and leave the matter to the states.  In the past there … Continue reading

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New Patient-Centered Resource for Patients and Researchers

New healthcare technology is developed every day. But, with all the hope of these innovations comes important questions about safety:  Patients want to know if this technology will work for them? Does it add value or will it just increase cost? … Continue reading

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Best Wishes for Holidays and New Year: Two Specials–Privatized Medicare My Story

Privatizing Medicare: I was the Medicare Marketing Director for a for-profit HMO in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s.  Coming up will be my inside story of  lessons learned and  how the first attempt to privatize Medicare played out and left … Continue reading

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The Real Price of Silence

My son was killed in a car accident 25 years ago this month.  He was proud of my work for health reform so I cannot remain silent now as major changes loom.  We live with a system that can be … Continue reading

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An Economist’s Insights on Cost and Access; World Stroke Day Oct.29. (new web coming soon)

Those wondering about our costs and access might find this article on some research findings of interest. http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/why-the-u-s-still-trails-many-wealthy-nations-in-access-to-care/ The findings may surprise you! ****************************

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When the System Works

I have long been a critic of our health care system. I remain a critic of the system itself, as I believe it serves neither patient nor provider well with all its rules, rates, eligibility, networks, access, coverage and too … Continue reading

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Going Under the Knife and A 1932 Health Care Report

I go into surgery for a new hip on the 29th.  With so much talk on health care reform  in the election, I want to give a few links to a series of articles I wrote in 2010 about The … Continue reading

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The Inability to Compromise: A Brief Health Reform Outline-1752–2015 (c)

In the 1990’s I asked a respected, seasoned health policy professional 10 years my senior what he saw as the major obstacles to health care reform.  Without skipping a heartbeat he said:  “The inability to compromise.” We Americans actually have … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening

The Power of Communication:  Kathleen O’Connor Public Member, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, Washington State “How many children do you have?” were the first words the doctor said when I arrived at the hospital. My son was in a devastating car … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–You Can’t Build a Ship Unless You Know Its Supposed to Float

Our nation’s endless decades’ old fight about health care has prevented us from even examining what a health system is supposed to do.  Lacking a clear vision, we have been unable to chart a viable much less sustainable course. From … Continue reading

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