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Editorial debate: Rising Medical Costs

USA Today
March 14, 2001

View of USA Today: Better planning is needed to avoid pitfalls of last revolution.
Opposing view: Rather than shift rising costs to patients, cut out HMO middlemen.

USA Today:
"And employers who think defined-contribution health plans are the way to go will have to provide solid answers - before jumping at what appears to be a quick solution to the current cash crunch. The last thing the nation needs is another health-care revolution that fails to perform as promised."

Ida Hellander, M.D., Executive Director of Physicians for a National Health Program:
"Upping costs for families and the sick would cause millions of casualties. National health insurance would cause just two: HMOs and obscene drug-company profits."

USA Today opinion:
http://usatoday.com/news/comment/2001-03-14-nceditf.htm

Other opinion:
http://usatoday.com/news/comment/2001-03-14-ncoppf.htm