In the Public Eye

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 9:19am

Mandatory condoms in porn movies. Legalized marijuana. Electronic cigarettes, taxed. Plastics carryout bags at convenience stores, protected by law. Same kind of disposable bags, prohibited by law, except if you pay a 10-cent usage tax. Ah, another election year approaches in the fully functional/dysfunctional citizens’ democracy of California.

In the Public Eye

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 9:39am

Do any of these fit your definition of irony?

POINT: The American Cancer Society has switched its advertising strategy this year from anti-smoking to advocating for universal health coverage. That spawned a Sept. 14 scolding op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey who wrote, in part:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 1:09pm

"Modeling" sounds sexy in many contexts, but health care isn't one of them. Still, as other states watch to see how California do-gooders and special interests duke it out on health care reform, the media can poke around for models of where things are done different/better.

Now it's the Netherlands, where the Wall Street Journal reported that waiting lines are shrinking, insurers are innovating, costs are stabilizing -- and every adult is compelled to buy insurance while all insurers must take whoever applies, regardless of their ailments.

Friday, September 7, 2007 - 1:54pm

Just learned flu shots will be available in a couple of weeks. That means holiday shopping, the Super Bowl and filing tax returns can't be far behind.

That also means the subject of "Are hospitals ready for a flu pandemic?" will be registering on the media radar. Which makes a recent Modern Healthcare magazine article worth noting.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 8:25am

Flight delays are like hangovers. They fade over time, until the next sorry encounter. But filthy planes? That's borderline criminal.

Not long ago, a traveler with infectious tuberculosis made headlines when he jetted internationally. That seemed a dangerous oddity, but planes start looking like full-time germ incubators when you read a Wall Street Journal story about how and how frequently jets are cleaned.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 11:28am

We complain about premiums, co-pays, deductibles. We get PO'd trying to fathom PPOs. We get red-cheeked on learning it'll be three months till we get face-time with a dermatologist.

What's your biggest beef about the health care "system?" Mine is getting enough time with a doc so he reviews my medical history rather than expecting me to recite it in under 45 seconds. Last physical? New meds clashing with old meds? Why have you put on 10 pounds and 15 points on your diastolic? Those are mostly filed under "questions rarely asked."