May 17, 1991
Of 348 Evening Sun readers and other callers to SUNDIAL yesterday, 271, or 77 percent believed that there should be guaranteed health care for everyone in the United States, and 77, or 22 percent disagreed.The American Medical Association has endorsed reforming the nation's health-care system to guarantee health care for everyone. The AMA suggested that government and business working together might supply health insurance for all."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
May 30, 1993
Gov. William Donald Schaefer last week handed the president of Johns Hopkins University an enormous task: writing the rules for revamping much of Maryland's health-care industry. Yet if anyone is up to this assignment, it is William C. Richardson.Dr. Richardson not only focused on health-services management for his MBA and doctorate, he has studied and written extensively on medical care for the poor, health maintenance organizations and the cost-effectiveness of primary-care network models.
September 8, 1991
It's virtually a given these days that the uppermost personal concern of the vast majority of Americans, other than the obvious one of earning a regular paycheck, is affordable health care. Only the wealthiest can escape the haunting fear that a single family illness, even a common one like cancer, can in a matter of weeks turn relative economic security into a life doomed to penury.In retrospect it's easy to see what happened: Thirty years ago, a tacit compact was reached that government would pay for the health care of the poor (through Medicaid)
February 2, 1992
From: Beverly B. ByronU.S. Congress6th DistrictWashingtonI would like to thank all of those who attended the health-care town meeting in Hagerstown on Jan. 14.The turnout of some 200 people last week as compared to the very few who attended my four health-care forums in 1990 impressively demonstrates that health care has taken its place on our national agenda.Nearly 250 members of Congress held town meetings that night to hear from their constituents on where we go from here on health care.
February 18, 1992
When it comes to finding an answer to the nation's health-care problem, Maryland is indeed "America in miniature." The same three-prolonged debate taking place in Congress is also being argued in Annapolis' State House. And like their counterparts in Washington, Maryland legislators are far from reaching a consensus.Still, the three days of public hearings in the House Economic Matters Committee last week proved an eye-opener for a number of lawmakers and made it clear that only one of the three plans discussed has any chance of advancing in this legislative session.
February 3, 1991
Health-care costs are spiraling upward again, driven by catastrophic illness claims and the mushrooming use of mental health and substance abuse services. Corporate medical bills soared 21.6 percent last year: The average company spends more than a quarter of its net earnings on health care. If the cost curve continues on this course, medical benefits will rise to intolerable levels -- an estimated $22,000 per worker by the year 2000.Cost containment, the magic bullet of the '80s, hasn't worked.