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Last September, an emergency medical dispatch team sent drones buzzing out over the forests and roads of the Ottawa River Valley in the County of Renfrew, Ontario. On each flight a quadcopter carried a defibrillator in its belly and sought out different spots where reports from bystanders said a cardiac arrest...
Amid the global spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19, the world’s airlines could lose more than $100 billion before the pandemic is under control, according to numerous airline officials.  However, another sector of the aviation business has seen dramatic increases in demand over the past few weeks – private aircraft charter. ...
Experts are warning that within two to four weeks the United States will find itself facing a full-blown pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. We often hear mindless propaganda from conservative and liberal politicians alike declaring the the US has “the best health care...
As insurance companies push doctors to save money by switching their patients to generic drugs, complaints about those generics appear to be on the upswing.  That’s the observation of journalist Katherine Eban, who has written a book, “Bottle of Lies,” that tells a very dark tale about...
The new corporate media and conservative Democratic argument against front-runner Bernie Sanders’ eminently logical proposal for creating a single-payer government health insurance program that he calls “Medicare for All” is that it would destroy the huge health insurance industry and put 1.8 million insurance industry employees out...
Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person with a net worth of more than $130 billion.  The story goes that he founded Amazon with a $300,000 loan from his family: quite a return on investment under any criteria!  Just out of curiosity, I...
The "Other America" First things first - this brilliant investigation of the “other America” by the Pulitzer Prize winning husband and wife team of...
The current network of health cares and doctors has prevented people with uncommon conditions and smaller hometowns to lose critical options, Trudy Lieberman writes.
We know too well the cost of American health care keeps rising as far as the eye can see. In 1995, health care accounted for 13.4 percent of GDP; in 2018, it consumed 17.7 percent. It is projected to rise even more.  Despite all the talk about how they should...
In recent days, several tweets shared ominous news about the state of health insurance in the country. One tweeter said she bought an Affordable Care Act policy for a $1,200 monthly premium and a $7,500 deductible. By May, she said, she could no longer afford that premium. Another tweeter said...
Ascension Health Alliance caught some attention last month when the nation’s largest Catholic hospital system formed a partnership with Google to find and use patient data in a more efficient way.  But for those who are watching Ascension’s business practices, this seems more of a practical move to cut...
If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated – and dangerous – than ever. Dangerous?  How can that be?  This is health insurance we’re talking about, not some sketchy Internet site. But the reality is that the scam artists are out in full...
As health insurance, pharmaceutical and hospital companies fight to prevent more politicians from backing Medicare for All, the industry’s front group has turned to top Democratic consulting firms and pro-business nonprofits for help, according to its 2018 tax return. The array of consultants includes presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pollster. The...
I recently shared the link to an op-ed on social media explaining why, in the author’s opinion, establishment of a single payer system in the U.S. is almost inevitable.  In response, a fellow Tennessee family physician who is only a few years out of residency commented that he hopes...
This story was reported through a partnership between MapLight, The Intercept and Tarbell. Investor-owned hospitals are leading the fight against the creation of a comprehensive, universal health care system, according to corporate filings reviewed by MapLight. Tenet Healthcare, the nation’s third-largest investor-owned operator of hospitals, has donated nearly $630,000 to the...
Maybe – just maybe – Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuticals. That of course depends on Congress pushing back against the drug companies’ formidable lobbying machine, their generous campaign contributions, and the industry’s historical coziness with members of Congress. But this year seems different.  When...
The Democratic debates may make you think Americans are scared of "losing" private insurance. But candidates who Medicare For All are still going strong.
Now that it has settled into a monopoly over Central Appalachia’s health care, the Ballad Health system is stirring new controversy with a move intended to conserve money:  consolidating intensive care facilities. Last year, they announced plans to merge their two Level 1 trauma facilities and their two neonatal...
You would think that making the prices charged by hospitals and doctors available to their patients would be a no-brainer.  After all, we’ve become accustomed to knowing the price we pay for cars, carrots, comic books, and almost everything else we buy. Why not knee surgery or appendectomies? The medical...
Tarbell is highlighting the government fines and penalties businesses pay when they engage in fraudulent or criminal behavior. Often, these fines are just a small part of the firms’ annual revenue and don’t actually serve as a deterrent. To these companies, it’s just the cost of doing business. International company...