December 2018 Edition. Volume XVIII

Employers and Managed Care

If you were an employer and someone promised your workers better care, more comprehensive services, quality of care monitoring, and lower premiums wouldn’t you jump at it?  Well, they did.  Unfortunately employers didn’t pay much attention to the trials...

On Illness, Stress, and Adversity

HMOs and Managed Care providers have been guilty of adding unnecessary stress and adversity to being ill for many of their clients for many years.  Perhaps the greatest example of contemptible behavior in health care has been the example of government hired...

The Star Tribune/Harvard Minnesota Physicians Survey

In the Tuesday, December 9, 1997 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper presented the results of a conjoined survey with Harvard University.  988 Minnesota physicians were asked the question: “In general, do you think increases in patient and doctor...

Real Independence In Health Care

Reprinted from:  Forbes, April 30, 2001, pp.39 There can be no greater demonstration of the need for patient independence than when someone becomes ill and their health plan denies the very treatment prescribed by their physician and states that “it is not...

Utilization Review

In 1987 and 1988 the Health Program at RAND, Santa Monica, California published a series of articles on the appropriateness of a number of medical procedures carried out between 1979 and 1982. These reports suggested that a significant percentage of the procedures...

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