Wednesday, August 13, 2003

From CBC News:
U.S. doctors call for Canadian-style health insurance
A group of 8,000 American doctors has called for a national health insurance system, saying heath care in the U.S. is collapsing.

'How many patients have to die from lack of health insurance?'

In a paper published on Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the physicians say the solution is to create a health insurance program administered by the government.

The doctors are going up against two of the most powerful lobbies in the U.S.: the insurance and the pharmaceutical industries.

From Families USA:
Out of Bounds: Rising Prescription Drug Prices for Seniors
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The prices of the 50 most-prescribed drugs to senior citizens rose, on average, nearly three-and-one-half times the rate of inflation last year, according to a new report released today by Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers.

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