health care

Jackson County Opens Clinic For Its Workers

Jun 19, 2014
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Out of 11 industrialized countries, the United Kingdom has the best health care, says a recent report. 

And the United States comes in dead last on that list, despite spending twice as much per capita as the UK. 

The dual issues of low quality and high cost are well known. 

Jackson County leaders have an idea for addressing the issues for county employees: a free clinic for county workers. 

Reforming Health Care, Continued

May 7, 2014
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The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics. 

But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.

Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R.

Jan 9, 2014
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The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."

The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan. 

Insurers Restrict Choice Of Doctors To Save Costs

Dec 10, 2013
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As people shop for new insurance under the federal health law, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions.

Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good

Nov 26, 2013
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Even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, children in both of our states are getting more health insurance coverage. 

A study from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University shows growth in health insurance coverage for children in both Oregon and California. 

We'll hear the reasons for the improvement... and what likely happens next. 

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New state data show that Oregon Health Plan members are making fewer visits to the emergency room and more visits to primary care providers.

Per-person spending growth fell by 1 percentage point.

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We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange.

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Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

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