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Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

One out of every 20 patients who are admitted to a hospital will fall victim to an infection they pick up while there, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections can be serious and even life-threatening, and recent studies have estimated that as many as half of them may be preventable. —HealthDay Reporter, 09/10/13 More »

Study: Single-payer healthcare system would save billions

Study: Single-payer healthcare system would save billions

Expanding the nation’s Medicare program to cover people of all ages would save the government billions of dollars, according to a new study released Wednesday. —TheHill.com, 08/07/13 More »

Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They’re Richer Than Us

Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They’re Richer Than Us

Many conservatives still characterize Medicaid as “welfare,” and many think of it as such. Presumably other types of health care coverage have been “earned” (think veterans and the military, highly paid executives, union members and congressional staff). We resent our tax dollars going to “freeloaders.” Until the slicing and dicing is ended, the finger pointing, blame shifting and their attendant political wars will continue. —Portside.org, 06/25/13 More »

Study finds jump in ER-related admissions

Study finds jump in ER-related admissions

Efforts to shift patients to lower-cost healthcare settings appear to flounder as the emergency department continues to play a larger role in where and how care is delivered. —Modern Healthcare, 05/21/13 More »

Chained CPI Proposal Would Cut Social Security Retirement Benefits by About 2 Percent, on Average

Chained CPI Proposal Would Cut Social Security Retirement Benefits by About 2 Percent, on Average

The President’s new budget proposes to use the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) for computing cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and certain other federal benefits, as well as for indexing key parameters of the tax code. —Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 04/23/13 More »

South Side isn’t ready for health emergencies

South Side isn’t ready for health emergencies

CHICAGO--As this is written, everyone wounded in the terror bombings at the Boston Marathon has survived his or her wounds. This remarkable testament to effective medical response stems largely from Boston’s exceptional health-care capacity. —Chicago Sun-Times, By Jesse Jackson, 04/23/13 More »

The Higher Health Insurers’ Claim Denial Rate, the Higher the CEO Pay

The Higher Health Insurers’ Claim Denial Rate, the Higher the CEO Pay

When you're shopping for health insurance, wouldn't it be great if you could find out every insurer's claim denial rate? And how much each one spent on lobbying and advertising -- and how much they paid their CEO? —Huffington Post, By Wendell Potter, 04/23/13 More »

Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America

Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America

Ian Rizzio was a 24-year-old mechanical engineering student in Portland, Oregon, managing a sandwich shop to pay his tuition. One day, he woke up sick, but went to work anyway, as he later testified to the Portland City Council. After vomiting in the bathroom, Rizzio spent two hours trying — unsuccessfully — to reach his boss before going home to rest. When Rizzio came into work the next day, he was fired immediately. With $35,000 in student loans, he feared he’d have to withdraw from school. —The Washington Post, 04/03/13 More »

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

The federal healthcare law will help cause insurance premiums to rise 30% on average for many middle-income Californians next year, but lower-income consumers could save up to 84%, a new government report says. —LAtimes.com, 03/28/13 More »

The troubling state of America’s health

The troubling state of America’s health

America is dangerous to your health. A recent international commission reported that U.S. men rank last in life expectancy for the 17 industrial nations in the study; U.S. women rank next to last. When it comes to health, the United States is exceptional — exceptionally bad. —The Washington Post, 01/16/13 More »

Union Members Recommit to Winning Improved and Expanded Medicare for All

Union Members Recommit to Winning Improved and Expanded Medicare for All

Chicago, IL – More than two hundred union leaders and activists gathered in Chicago for the Labor Campaign's fourth national conference to strategize about next steps for labor in the movement to win universal health care. With government officials from both major parties contemplating cuts in Medicare as part of a "grand bargain," delegates resolved to stand up to any cuts in this cornerstone social insurance program. —Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care , 01/14/13 More »

Americans ‘are sicker and die younger’ than people in other wealthy nations

Americans ‘are sicker and die younger’ than people in other wealthy nations

America may be one of the richest countries in the world, but its people are less healthy and more likely to die early from disease or accidents than those in any other affluent country, a damning official US report has found —The Guardian, 01/10/13 More »

Nurses union wants better staff ratios

Nurses union wants better staff ratios

AUSTALIA--The NSW Nurses Association has said it will campaign for mandatory staffing ratios in more areas of the health system when the NSW nurses industrial award expires in June. —Newcastle Herald, 01/10/13 More »

Why the Future of Health Care May Be on the Line With Prop. 30

Why the Future of Health Care May Be on the Line With Prop. 30

There is a hidden risk buried inside Proposition 30 that goes far beyond cuts to education, according to Hope Richardson, policy analyst for the California Budget Project. If the initiative doesn't pass on Nov. 6, she said, it's true that a series of cuts go into effect that would take billions of dollars out of education funding in California. "Most of the trigger cuts are to education," Richardson said. —California Healthline, 10/04/12 More »

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Leslie Elder was always a fighter. But in a message to a friend in the waning days of her life, she seemed exhausted. The note, written at a time of spiritual darkness, suggested defeat after a decades-long struggle for medical coverage. "I honestly don't know how much more I can endure," Elder wrote earlier this year in a Facebook message to her friend Liz Jacobs. "I am fighting for (Medicaid) and disability. I can't work I sit in bed I cry a lot. I am still fighting for healthcare and still fighting foreclosure. —CNN, 09/04/12 More »

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

The NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective. —the guardian, 07/31/12 More »

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Olympic athletes may perform superhuman feats on the field. But when they buy health insurance, they face a system just as weird and complicated as the rest of us do. —Washington Post, 07/27/12 More »

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

They weep still for their blue-eyed Nataline. Their tears flow for what they remember: Their daughter in her room, the pink walls decorated with posters of the Jonas Brothers. They see her there sketching in a notebook the dresses and blouses and jackets she would one day like to design. Nataline Sarkisyan died in a UCLA hospital bed on Dec. 20, 2007. She was 17. Her story drew nationwide attention because the liver transplant she needed was denied by her family's health insurer, CIGNA. —Contra Costa Times, 07/11/12 More »

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

We need single payer health care now! The single payer plan is also called Medicare for All. The Raging Grannies came out in support of the California Nurses Association, saying the best change would be to a system that takes care of everyone in America's health needs. —indybay.org, 07/06/12 More »

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Volunteer nurses, dressed in red medical outfits matching the color of the tour's coach, were distributing fliers downtown, inviting people to get a free blood pressure screening and a blood sugar test. Santa Cruz was the 12th stop on the California Nurses Association Tour. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 07/06/12 More »

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