Missouri Information

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013

By Toni Vafi | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As promises of the Affordable Care Act continue to wither, the delay of the employer mandate is cause for more disappointment.

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By Ian Swenson | St. Louis Beacon
The United Mine Workers of America were back in St. Louis Monday, rallying against Peabody Energy. The UMWA claims that Peabody created a spinoff company, Patriot Coal, that was designed to fail and saddled it with expenses including workers’ health insurance and pensions.

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Beacon
As I sit in the waiting room for my 83-year-old mother-in-law’s cardiac MRI, I realize I’m not a good health-care consumer. I didn’t try to find the best deal; I didn’t ask any prices; I didn’t check to see if this were “in network.”

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012

By Nathaniel H. Murdock, M.D. | St. Louis American
The great American healthcare experiment is continuing to develop. The next stage is starting, so this is a good time to look back before we look ahead.

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Virtual Mentor: the AMA Journal of Ethics
In the 6 years since Massachusetts adopted legislation very similar to the ACA, the cost of health care has continued to drive patients into financial ruin. The state has achieved nearly universal coverage, but, like the ACA, its legislation has yet to effectively address cost and sustainability. Its newly enacted cost-containment law relies heavily on unproven measures such as capitated payments and wellness programs, offering little promise of success.

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012

By Don Corrigan | Webster-Kirkwood Times
Speeches on health care, its costs and its delivery found a place at both party conventions this 2012 election season. Dr. William Fogarty Jr. fears the fiery political oratory may be generating more heat than light.

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012

By William M. Fogarty Jr., M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Letters
Today Medicare celebrates its 47th birthday. The system has served our elderly and disabled citizens well and could be a vehicle to serve all Americans.

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012

By Michele Munz | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In a meeting room at a St. Louis County public library, Dr. Ed Weisbart started his health insurance reform presentation with pictures of sick people.

Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Many of my patients will benefit from the Affordable Care Act: A 25-year-old with sickle cell disease can keep his insurance. A 32-year-old mother can get contraception. And a 47-year-old hemophiliac doesn't have to worry about being too sick for health insurance. I'm celebrating these things and others.

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012

By Toni Vafi | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Regarding "Single-payer is the key": From the inequities and insufficiencies in care to medical bankruptcies, Dr. Ed Weisbart reminds us of the millions of Americans suffering and dying for lack of health care. Those of us using this system are reminded of our own precarious position each time we seek medical care. It seems strange that our lawmakers and politicians fail to see the difficulties described in this Dr. Weisbart's commentary and experienced by all of us.

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
If you ever want to rekindle your hope for American medicine, spend time with medical students. These bright, energetic minds are going into medicine for all the right reasons — to help people, relieve suffering and find new ways to cure illness and eradicate disease.

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Lincoln County (Troy, Mo.) Journal On Wednesday, May 2, a Missouri House committee will hear state Rep. Michael Brown’s HB 1405 — the Missouri Universal Health Assurance Act — which seeks to establish a publicly administered universal health care system for the state of Missouri. Under the proposed law all Missouri citizens regardless of income would have immediate access to the newly created government insurance program. Brown, D-Kansas City, said HB 1405 would have an immediate positive impact on the state.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By Joseph Sparks | Columbia Missourian
What has been lost in the debate over health care reform is that it would be possible to implement a single-payer system that would cover everybody, prevent those 23,000 unnecessary deaths and reduce health care costs by 40 percent. In 2008, France, which has a single-payer system, spent just over 11 percent of its GDP on health care. In the same year, the U.S. spent 16 percent of its GDP on health care. France is ranked first in health care, while the U.S. is ranked at 37.