In the Public Eye

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:36pm

It was an exhortation from a Sunday sermon. Pastor Janette suggested we look for grimy stuff that’s gotten hidden under the hood since our car was dazzlingly new. Playing with that soulful metaphor, how are the gears meshing in Obamacare, healthcare reform or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? We’ve had this measuring rod in place since 2010, last fully checked in 2012 by the Supreme Court, now getting more legal and legislative servicing, buffing and buffeting. How well does it ride – this Tesla or super-annuated Pinto?


In the Public Eye

Friday, March 23, 2007 - 3:11pm

It has come to this. The owner of a French restaurant in Sebastopol promised to cover the payroll of a hospital that's losing $500,000 a month and on the verge of bankruptcy.


Dan Smith, owner of the French Garden Restaurant, came to the aid of 37-bed Palm Drive Hospital, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported, when it couldn't get a line of credit.


Have you ever seen a connection between caviar de Louisiane (1/2 ounce of caviar with buckwheat crepes; $16 at Smith's place) and preserving health care?  If I'm in Sebastopol any time soon, I know where I'm eating.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 1:43pm

There's a fine edge between genius and madness, some smart person once said. And there's just a balance sheet minus-sign, or an erratic freeway driver, separating most insured from bankruptcy and joining the nation's 47 million uninsured.


So I 'fess up to liking a policy being implemented at Baptist Health South Florida in which the five-hospital nonprofit hospital system gives preferential treatment to vendors who provide health coverage to their employees.


Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 10:10am

Every year, a couple hundred hospital administrators and government relations types like me flood the Capitol to infuse the ever-churning retinue of lawmakers with our latest (usually ongoing) needs and worries.


Unlike the "Get Green" folks in their, what else, green T-shirts and the Brownies in their uniforms with sashes of pins and awards, we're in suits and look like any other steer in the herds of lobbyists.


Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 12:51pm

In the otherworldliness of Santa Barbara, where hotels offer masseuses for aching pooches, it is of little matter to many that the area's median home price is $1.2 million.  That price simply means your annual incomes needs to be at least $235,000.


But when the average employee at nonprofit Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital earns $63,000 a year, you might figure, hey, trade down to a condo or an apartment. The problem is median area condo prices, $655k (income required, $129k); and middle-income, two-bedroom condos, $294k ($79k).


Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 2:03pm

There's lots of good reasons for creating www.medwatchtoday.com  Two-thirds of Internet users get their health information on line, according to a recent study. The top five sources are physician websites (61%) -- and there aren't too many of those fully functional -- medical Web engines (44%), search engines (33%), family/friends (31%) and hospital/university Web sites (13%).