Is health care a human right? A rift between women and citizens of the world vs. "Americans"

53.1% of Americans believe that health care is a human right, according to a poll from Zogby International done in June 2009.This was one of a very long list of questions Zogby asked Americans during the week of 6/18 through 6/22/09. I’ve waded through 242 pages of a PDF file available from Zogby describing every […]

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Econo-chondria or empowerment? The role of the Internet in the recession

“This is the most significant economic crisis in the Internet era and a unique period of information seeking and communication.” This sentence sets the stage for the latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project which finds that 2 in 3 Americans have used the Internet in the past year to cope with […]

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Environmental factors and food are compromising kids' health

A snapshot of children’s health in America would reveal what all snapshots do: positive and negative spaces.On the positive side of the kids’ health ledger, the percent of children covered by health insurance increased from 87% in 2007 to 89% in 2008. Furthermore, the number of kids receiving recommended vaccines increased since 2002. And, heavy […]

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As employers' health costs will grow 9% in 2010, the gap in employee wages vs. health costs will widen

Health care costs for employers who cover health insurance for workers will increase 9% in 2010 — well ahead of general price inflation and workers’ earnings. However, the recession will, “temper medical costs,” according to PricewaterhouseCoopers‘ Behind the numbers: Medical cost trends for 2010. With employers — that is, business and profits — taking it […]

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Hospitals ration spending on health IT in the downturn

Notwithstanding the promise of nearly $20 billion in stimulus funding to support the adoption of electronic health records, hospitals are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to laying out capital for HIT investments. Based on the latest Most Wired Hospitals survey, even the Most Wired among American hospitals have had to […]

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