Archive for June, 2011

Medicare Will Continue to Cover Expensive Cancer Drugs

Drugs for prostate and breast cancer will still be covered by Medicare, despite their high costs and recent debate about the effectiveness of one.

The Goals of AARP

A reader responds to a recent op-ed about AARP and its place in the emerging debate about future entitlements.

Invitation to a Dialogue: The Future of Medicare

An invitation to continue the dialogue about how to improve AARP,

U.S. Using ‘Mystery Shoppers’ to Check on Access to Doctors

The Obama administration is deploying a team to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and see how difficult it is to get care.

New Prostate Cancer Drugs Extend Lives, but Raise Costs

The drugs, mainly for men with late-stage prostate cancer, can extend lives for additional months, but some cost more than $90,000 for a course of treatment.

Medicare and CT Scans

A reader responds to a recent front page article about the overuse of powerful CT scans.

How AARP Can Get Its Groove Back

AARP needs to get its groove back and narrow a policy agenda that has become too broad, too busy and too ambitious.

Medicare Is Back on the Hustings

Republican candidates are short on facts when it comes to criticizing the Democrats’ plan or explaining their own.

Needs of an Aging Society

A reader responds to a recent article about the generational conflict over political and budgetary issues.

Some Health-Care Consensus, if Only Accidental

Similarities between Democratic and Republican ideas on reforming the system are obvious, even if politicians disagree on how to get there.

Medicare Claims Show Overuse for CT Scanning

Hundreds of hospitals across the country needlessly exposed patients to radiation by scanning their chests twice on the same day, records indicate.

Hospitals Performed Needless Double CT Scans, Records Show

Patients were exposed to added radiation when their chests were scanned twice on the same day, records indicate.

Competing Ideas for Saving Medicare

Joseph Lieberman and readers respond to a Paul Krugman column about the costs of Medicare compared to private insurance.

Medicare Saves Money

It should cover more people, not fewer.

Looking at the Models for Health Care

Readers respond to a David Brooks column about Medicare and the health care system.