France best, U.S. worst in preventable death ranking

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – France, Japan and Australia rated best and the United States worst in new rankings focusing on preventable deaths due to treatable conditions in 19 leading industrialized nations, researchers said on Tuesday. If the U.S. health care system performed as well as those of those top three countries, there would […]

Report: Bonuses paid for dropping sick patients

John Key stated that if elected National would promote privatised care for the elderly.(Travellerev)  A health insurance company serving customers in a half-dozen states set out to drop hundreds of customers and paid lucrative bonuses to an executive in charge of eliminating coverage. One customer is suing the company, Health Net Inc., after a company salesman […]

I Don’t Think That’s What They Mean By “Golden Opportunity”

Would you like your parents to be taken care of by the Carlyle group? A caravan of over 200 healthcare workers organized by the SEIU arrived in Washington DC today to demonstrate outside the Carlyle Group headquarters. What does that have to do with Jeralyn Merritt’s mom? Jeralyn’s mom lives in a Manor Care facility. […]

Dramatic clawback has Govt breathing down Nats’ neck

Labour has fought back to within 5.2 points of National in the latest Herald-DigiPoll opinion survey. The clawback comes in a month when National’s leader, John Key, has not been in the media spotlight nearly as much as Prime Minister Helen Clark. The poll rounds out a bad week for National, which fumbled the announcement […]

Key pledges to improve funding for private-sector care of the elderly

The National Party says funding for care of the elderly is inadequate, and it proposes regular increases in payments and more partnerships with the private sector. National leader John Key outlined proposals in a speech to the Health Care Providers Conference in Rotorua yesterday. He said New Zealand’s ageing population meant the private sector would […]