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Advocates Argue for Medical Marijuana PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 July 2009 07:02

On June 20, the Marijuana Policy Project hosted a medical-marijuana forum at the Bettendorf Public Library. The event featured a screening of the documentary Waiting to Inhale as well as a discussion with patients who use medical marijuana and proponents of legalizing the drug for medical use. Video of the discussion follows.

Medical Marijuana Forum June 20, 2009; Bettendorf, Iowa from James Getman on Vimeo.

A Closer Look at Hospital Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 September 2007 02:35


(Last in a series. Part one can be read here, and part two can be read here.)


A Closer Look at Hospital CompetitionWhen Trinity Regional Health System's west campus in Rock Island was named a "Top 100" hospital earlier this year, that distinction quickly became a staple of the hospital's marketing.

But as a health-care consumer, the honor should lead to questions: Who makes the decision? What are the criteria? Does any money change hands to get the award?

A Closer Look at Hospital Competition: Hospital Quality Becomes Increasingly Important PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:57

A Closer Look at Hospital Competition(Part two of a series. Part one can be read here , and part three can be read here .)


Two parallel movements are making hospitals more accountable in terms of their processes and outcomes: an orientation toward consumers, and an increasing emphasis on quality by the organizations that pay for health care - particularly the federal government.

"We're in kind of a new age," said Dr. Tom Evans, president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, an organization formed by the Iowa Hospital Association and the Iowa Medical Society. "Transparency wasn't really even germane until recently. We couldn't even define what good health care was until 15 years ago."

The Hijacking of Children’s Health PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 July 2007 02:38

Like pirates lurking on the high seas looking for victims, politicians probably wear their best buccaneer smirks whenever a new program to help children becomes accepted into law. And much like a wealthy, unsuspecting merchant ship, children's programs are in constant danger of being pillaged.

Millions Will Soon Be in the Prescription-Drug-Coverage “Doughnut Hole” PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 August 2006 22:32

"Part D" is a Medicare prescription-drug benefit that began this year to save many senior citizens thousands of dollars, but millions of people will soon enter the "doughnut hole" in which they get no coverage.

At an Iowa Citizen Action Network press conference concerning Part D earlier this summer, retired Davenport senior and Part D activist Jim Hughes said, "This is a hoax, this health-care industry" about the gap in coverage between $2,250 and $5,100 where seniors and disabled people pay for 100 percent of their drug costs. This gap is referred to as the "doughnut hole."

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