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Unbelievable Promises Monopolized Care—UPMC

Unbelievable Promises Monopolized Care—UPMC

It took UPMC only three months to close a community based hospital that had been in operation for over 100 years.  In 1996, when UPMC purchased Braddock Hospital, did the residents of Braddock have any idea of the demise that would follow? Braddock, a struggling post steel mill community composed of elderly, low income, and […]

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Accountable to Whom?

Accountable to Whom?

An article by Ezekiel Emanuel and Jeffrey Liebman promises “the end of health insurance companies.” According to these former Obama administration advisors, they will be made obsolete by accountable care organizations (ACOs). The Affordable Care Act provides for the establishment of ACOs to serve Medicare and Medicaid patients. Essentially, a group of health care providers […]

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Too Much of a Bad Thing

Too Much of a Bad Thing

I’ve just recently caught up with a 2007 book by journalist Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Although some of the specific policies she cites are being changed by the Affordable Care Act, her basic argument is worthy of our attention. Most advocates of single payer health insurance […]

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