News and Commentary

Headlines on Deadline September 2003

No great surprise here: The group Physicians for a National Health Program has come out saying that the federal government should become the single payer for health coverage in the United States. What is surprising to some is that the group put forth its proposal, which is essentially an upgraded and expanded version of Medicare, in the "generally conservative" Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the Christian Science Monitor, that puts "the idea back on the map as a serious alternative".... Employers are using financial incentives and deterrents more often in their attempt to keep workers healthy and costs down, according to a new Hewitt Associates study. Use of financial incentives/deterrents rose from 32 percent to 40 percent from 1995 to 2002 among major U.S. employers.