July 1998

Listening to St. John’s Wort

What’s a doctor to do when her patients embrace the untried and outlandish — sometimes with their insurers’ blessings?

Doreen R. Orion, M.D.

Everyone involved seems to be grappling with ethical issues arising from the Human Genome Program. The science is still in flux.


HMOs can miss the mark for a lot of reasons. But health care experts say it’s difficult to pin a scarlet letter on a health plan.

Frank Diamond ; Michael D. Dalzell

Medicare beneficiaries could gain a lot from managed care, and so could health plans. But it’s not all that easy.

Peter Wehrwein

FACCT’s president talks about the need for patients to take charge of their health care and the challenges of developing a set of quality measures for children.


Editor’s Memo
John A. Marcille
Washington Initiatives

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