September 24, 2007
Not even the arrest of "if-he-did-it" icon O.J. Simpson this week completely overshadowed Hillary Clinton's attempt to replay the nightmare that Americans escaped the first time around -a government takeover of the nation's health-care system. She first proposed her European-style health care model during the heady days of her husband's presidency. "Clinton II: The Sequel" fits with her recent rejection of an "ownership society" in favor of a "we're all in it together" world. That sounds good on the surface - sort of like her idea for "universal health care" did at first.
April 10, 2008
The health-care industry offers several options for potential careers, and many of those will be explored at a summer camp sponsored by the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center and Campbellsville University. This year's camp is planned for the week of July 21-25. Activities will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and McDowell Wellness Center in Danville and James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg, with an optional one-night stay at Campbellsville University.
December 2, 2004
Here's a tip of the hat to Ephraim McDowell Health and Inter-County Energy executives for doing some serious thinking about the economic future of our area. Clark Taylor, CEO of the health-care organization, and Jim Jacobus, president of the rural electric co-op, are looking at ways to build on Danville's already substantial reputation as a center for quality health care. One of the things they are looking at is a way to interest more local young people in health-care careers and providing them with the training locally that they need to pursue those careers.
November 2, 2003
Dear Editor: Health care is one of the most critical issues facing Kentucky today. Health insurance costs for businesses and individuals have forced individuals to sometimes choose between food and health care. Industries are leaving our state or choosing to locate in more favorable market areas. Our elderly population simply can't afford needed medication. Nearly 500,000 Kentuckians have no health insurance at all. This results in a much sicker population than the rest of the country.
July 3, 2012
According to truecostblog.com, 32 of the world's leading nations have some form of universal health care, either single payer, two-tier or insurance mandate. Of course, the United States is not on this list. It is estimated that some 32 million Americans have no health care, some 10 percent of the population. Single payer nations include Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Norway (since 1912), Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
March 24, 2012
Who knows your health care wishes better than you do? Don't keep it a secret. Make your wishes known with a living will. The third annual National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16 and Heritage Hospice, Inc. staff is offering help with completing living wills at health fairs in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties. The goal of National Health Care Decisions Day is to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity have both the information and the opportunity to communicate and document their future health care decisions.
February 20, 2013
Nurse practitioners work in every corner of Kentucky, and are keenly aware of what goes into the state's disturbing health statistics. Kentucky ranks among the worst in the nation for diabetes, obesity and cancer, and unfortunately also ranks poorly regarding the number of practicing primary care physicians. This is not a good combination when it comes to those who need care. There are many regions across the state where a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife is the only full time primary care provider.
September 14, 2012
In order to have affordable health care, the pool of participants must be expanded. Obamacare does this. By 2014, the following will occur: Forty-five to 50 million more people will be covered, even those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, asthmas, diabetes, etc. Families that make less than $25,000 a year will qualify for Medicaid, those making more than that amount, up to $75,000, will qualify for tax credits...
October 13, 2010
Dear Editor, Even given the hostility of some to any action by Democrats, the reasons for opposition to health care reform are puzzling. The idea that all Americans deserve basic health care has had wide public backing for decades, but the number of uninsured and the costs have risen sharply. The legislation passed is not the best, but it is not radical, based as it is on an extension of private insurance. It provides some immediate relief from fear of catastrophe; it insures millions more; and it pays for itself, even after the Republicans gutted some important cost-cutting measures.