I want to call to your attention a series of very interesting and important articles published in the New York Times Science Times Section yesterday (Tuesday, March 30, 2010). The articles do a pretty good job of summarizing what’s what about the new health care bill passed by Congress. I would particularly recommend two of the articles. The first is entitled “What you need to know in the first year” and was written by Tara Parker-Pope. The second is entitled “Law may do little to help curb unnecessary care” and was written by Gina Kolata. Some of the other article titles include: “No matter what, we pay for others’ bad habits,” “Overhaul will lower the costs of being a woman,” and “What the health care overhaul could mean for you: do you have health insurance now?” I think the various articles provide a fairly good overview of what the new law is likely to do and not do. I will offer no opinions on the subject except to say that I hope the new health care legislation is “a work in progress.” What I mean is that if the new health care bill was a college course exam, the grade would be “incomplete.” It is interesting, however, that so far every patient I have talked to has told me the new law would help them out. We’ll see.
- A TV Show about School Food in West Virginia, a New York Times Story on Workplace Efforts to Improve Health, and an Article in the New England Journal of Medicine Article on the Prevelance of Diabetes in China: What do They Have in Common?
- Are Health Insurance Discounts For Healthy Behaviors/Outcomes Fair?