May 1999

It’s an idea that just won’t die: Having government pay the medical bills guarantees universal coverage. Is that laughter we hear?
A prominent medical-informatics consultant says that though medicine and computers have been slow to bond, technology needn’t be mistrusted.
It’s fast becoming the new yardstick for covering emergency care, but nobody yet has a handle on how much it adds to HMO costs.
In primary care, a productive interview is extremely important but hard to achieve as visits become shorter. The Bayer Institute offers some advice.

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