Monthly Archives: February 2007

Patrick Budget Plan to Invest in Public Health

Here’s smart, good news from the Patrick Administration: Massachusetts public health programs including those focused on children and disease prevention will receive a $72 million boost in the Fiscal Year 2008 state budget Governor Deval L. Patrick will file on … Continue reading

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Nancy Turnbull in BBJ on MA Health Reform Progress

Here’s a well written piece by Blue Cross Foundation Pres. Nancy Turnbull, printed in the 2/16 edition of the Boston Business Journal. Subscription required, so here it is in full: Don’t ignore broad health care progressby Nancy Turnbull Massachusetts has … Continue reading

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ACT!! Coalition to Speak Out on Prescription Drugs

The Affordable Care Today (ACT!!) Coalition is organizing a press conference/briefing on the necessity for Prescription Drug Coverage in Connector-approved plans for this coming Monday. The event will be held on Monday, February 26, 10am in the State House, Room … Continue reading

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Why Are US Health Costs So High II

Thanks to Nancy Turnbull for providing the link to the McKinsey & Company report on which the WaPo article was based. Click here for the short version of the report. Click here for access to all related documents, long and … Continue reading

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Why Are US Health Care Costs So High? The Answer…

Wanna know why health care is so much more expensive in the US than anywhere else on the planet? One article, a Steven Perlstein piece in the 2/14 Washington Post, says it all. Click here, read it and understand. Tell … Continue reading

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In-Store Clinics: Good or Bad?

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine has a balanced and smartly-written analysis of the the new brand of in-store primary care clinics sprouting all over the place. Maybe they disrupt primary care relationships, diminish continuity of care, and degrade … Continue reading

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Guess What? Not All Business Thinks Prescription Drugs Are Unnecessary

Some days, it’s strictly dogville. And some days, it seems the health policy gods (and goddesses) are smiling and rooting for us. As the Connector Authority moves toward a decision on whether prescription drugs should be part of the “minimum … Continue reading

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