Tagged: world

Needle Point - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 25, 2009

Obama has declared the Swine Flu epidemic in the US a national emergency. Swine Flu has been a public health emergency since April of this year, but making it a national emergency provides people like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius quite sweeping powers to bypass most federal rules. I am a little curious as [...] … Read More

Claim Denied. - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 08, 2009

Scrubone pointed me to this interesting post on claim rejection rates of American health insurance companies. I will reproduce the table below: As the NewsBusters site points out, Medicare denies claims at 1.7 times the average rate of insurers (4.05%), with only Aetna being in the same rejection league. In fairness to Medicare, I don’t think [...] … Read More

Stable Swine - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 03, 2009

Centre for Disease Control in the US has announced that the H1N1 virus’ genetic makeup now “appears to be stable”. The cynical side of the MacDoctor finds the juxtaposition of this pronouncement on the back of the FDA announcing their approval of the first Swine flu vaccine just a little too convenient. Especially when the [...] … Read More

Over My Dead Body - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 30, 2009

The powerful Senate Finance committee has just voted down two proposed amendments to Obama’s healthcare reform bill; amendments that would have created a public insurance scheme as a key part of insuring some of America’s 47 million uninsured. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s amendment would have added a public insurance option that would reimburse doctors and hospitals [...] … Read More

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