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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 »

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

What Sanders says about Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ACA provides important insights for progressives as they respond to a complex decision that, in the words of the National Nurses United union, “should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken health-care system.” —The Nation., 06/28/12 More »

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

The California Nurses Association will offer free health screenings in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon as part of a 3-week, statewide bus tour to advocate for expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 06/22/12 More »

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

China, Mexico and other countries far less affluent are working to provide medical insurance for all citizens. It's viewed as an economic investment. —Los Angeles Times, 05/12/12 More »

One in four Americans without health coverage: study

One in four Americans without health coverage: study

As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a result of unemployment and other job changes. —Reuters, 04/19/12 More »

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer did not have much in common during the three days of debate on the 2010 healthcare law before the Supreme Court March 26-28. But they did share one essential characteristic. All four will never have to worry about guaranteed access to healthcare. —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro, published by Common Dreams, 03/30/12 More »

An emergency room story to make anyone ill

An emergency room story to make anyone ill

The tale of an 11-year-old's $5,000 stomachache reveals the Twilight Zone of hospital billing. The charges seem arbitrary if not indefensible. —Los Angeles Times, 03/24/12 More »

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Your credit can be wrecked if the doctor or hospital kicks your unpaid bill to a collection agency. 22 million Americans were contacted by collection agencies for unpaid medical bills in 2005. That increased to 30 million Americans in 2010. People with wrecked credit scores include those who were just trying to resolve a dispute with their insurance company. It includes people owing less than $250. And even after the bill is paid, the record of the collection action can stay on a credit report for up to seven years. That can drag down a credit score and drive up the cost of financing a home. —SFGate, 03/05/12 More »

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

It is something we take for granted in the United States. A woman enters the hospital to give birth and she emerges a couple of days later with a beautiful bundle of joy. That is how it usually goes. But this story is about the rare exception -- women who die within 42 days of childbirth. In the health care community it's called simply "maternal mortality." And in the U.S., many experts believe it is on the rise. —ABC News, 03/04/12 More »

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Americans spend more than people in other countries on just about every medical procedure and doctor visit, according to a new report from the International Federation of Health Plans ww.ifhp.com. —National Journal, 03/04/12 More »

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems - a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research. —Associated Press / Yahoo News, 02/28/12 More »

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

Chances are you've probably never heard of Amelia Rivera, a three year-old from New Jersey. Chances are better you have heard of 29-year-old Canadian, Sarah Burke, one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. Burke and Rivera don't have a lot in common, but tragically, their families do. Both have been borne the scars of a callous and broken US healthcare system... —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro in The Guardian (UK), 01/26/12 More »

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

About half of unemployed and underemployed U.S. residents do not have health insurance and 56% are delaying necessary care because of concerns about cost, according to according to a study released Monday by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation, National Journal reports. —California Healthline, 12/13/11 More »

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