Tag: Federal Health Care Reform

Checking Up On Health: November 27

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been out and about for the past two weeks, but we’re back in the office with the latest news on health care regulations, policy, technology and biotech in today’s Checking Up On Health!   Health care on a budget: How much is too much for a cancer drug treatment? Top health care experts meeting at the Institute of Medicine last month warned the nation’s 15,000 oncologists and their patients: Learn to deliver cancer care at lower costs or watch limits being imposed by the government and insurance companies. Merrill Goozner, senior correspondent for The Fiscal Times in Washington, D.C.,… View Article

Friday Facts: November 9, 2012

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis “They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare. … [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 30

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Poking around for news on health care regulations, policy, technology and biotechnology can reveal some interesting tidbits that the average newspaper reader is unlikely to uncover. For example, the potential for artificial muscles? Promising. The number of health care records breached? Alarming. The chances of catching flu from a pig? Good. You’ll find these tidbits and more in this week’s Checking Up On Health! Nano-muscles: French researchers say they’ve managed to assemble thousands of nano-machines capable of producing a coordinated movement like that of human muscle fibers. The researchers see a multitude of applications in robotics and in the medical field for the… View Article

Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte “Just tell them that their wildest dreams will come true if they vote for you.” – Napoleon Dynamite Events January 24, 2013: Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, Robert W. Poole will keynote, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, is a co-founder of the Reason Foundation and its director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow. He will provide an update on… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 23, 2012

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare by any name: In case you were wondering, the Foundation has typically stayed away from using the term “ObamaCare” to describe the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But now that even the President has embraced it, all bets are off: “I actually like the name,” he said in August. “Because I do care – that’s why we fought so hard to make it happen.” It’s like “googling” something on the Internet: Google knew it had it made when it became a verb. We’ll still use the legitimate name at least once in an article, however, to ensure that… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled By Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare burden: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cost states and private companies $27.6 billion to date in new regulations, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. The AAF stresses that this is the cost FLOOR, not the cost CEILING!  At least $20.4 billion is in lifetime costs on private entities and $7.2 billion in increased burdens on state budgets. AAF said its analysis only considered the published regulatory costs, not any fiscal impacts of the law or any of the ACA’s tax provisions.  Five states will endure at least $1 billion in ACA regulatory costs, according to the analysis View Article

Friday Facts: October 12, 2012

It’s Friday!  Events  Last chance! Today is the deadline to register for “A Portrait of The Iron Lady,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum on Tuesday, October 16. The event is keynoted by author John Blundell, policy and advisor and longtime friend of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She turns 87 on October 13. Join the Foundation and mark her birthday. Blundell, a free-market leader, is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” Lady Thatcher said of him, “John Blundell has been one of the most effective champions of the free enterprise economic model which has delivered progress and prosperity around the world. Therefore he is very well placed… View Article

Health Care Reform Must Be Patient-Focused

By Don W. Printz This month marked the 69th annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a freedom-minded organization founded in 1943 to preserve the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation earlier this year of the 2010 federal health law known as ObamaCare, the gathering of health-care professionals reinforced their determination to ensure that there should be one, and only one, focus in medicine: the patient. The physician should always put the wellbeing of the patient before any other consideration. The doctor-patient relationship is a sacred trust: The patient should be able to tell a physician anything in complete confidence, and the physician must be able to tell the patient… View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Bed tax,’ again: Andy Miller of Georgia Health News offers a preview of the battle that the Georgia Legislature can expect during discussion of the hospital tax, which goes toward funding the Medicaid entitlement program in the state. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Health System in Atlanta, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and HomeTown Health, an association of rural hospitals, already have delivered a letter to leading Georgia officials saying that not renewing the tax, which expires in July 2013, could double Medicaid’s already sizable financial shortfall (at $700 million for 2013-2014). And Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax reform declared,… View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: September 18 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Why the cost? Becker’s Hospital CEO Report quizzed nine health care professionals, including physicians and former hospital executives, on how U.S. health care costs have gotten out of control in the past 10-plus years and what more needs to be done. Among the reasons they cite in the lengthy article: obesity, the expense and use of advanced U.S. technology and the costs of drugs and medical devices.  “Supply-driven demand” is cited as another reason; for example, when a facility has six MRI machines but needs just one, it may be motivated to create a “need” to use the excess capacity.… View Article

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