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Volume 3, Number 6
February 24, 2006


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Commentary

Cancer Prognosis
Wall Street Journal, 2-23-06

This Journal editorial focuses on a welcome bit of news from the National Center for Health Statistics that flew under the media’s radar screen two weeks ago. The NCHS reported that, despite an aging American population, cancer deaths have declined for the first time in many years.
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Consumers’ Role in Health Care
Jim DeMint, The State.com, 2-22-06

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, from South Carolina, weighs in on the importance of creating more opportunities for consumer-directed health care.
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Demon drugs; Industry faces chorus of critics
The Oklahoman, 2-21-06

The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for only about 11% of total U.S. health care spending—but it catches close to 100% of the criticism from policymakers and voters concerned about spending. Recognizing this injustice, the Oklahoman takes issue with the governor and state legislators who are intent on pressing new regulations on the industry.
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Health savings accounts look like brain wave of the future
Michael Barone, Chicago Sun-Times, 2-21-06

Barone analyzes the President’s plan to promote HSAs, and finds a parallel in the evolution of the now ubiquitous 401K retirement accounts.
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Patient Power
Investor's Business Daily, 2-17-06

Investor’s Business Daily has become an invaluable source of smart, market-friendly opinion commentary, and this editorial is no exception. Here, IBD takes on critics of HSAs by puncturing several red herrings that regularly confuse U.S. health policy debates.
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Doctors, Post Your Prices
Scott W. Atlas, MD, Wall Street Journal, 2-17-06

Atlas calls for basic regulatory measures that would help consumers, particularly consumers with HSAs, navigate the health care system and bargain for better prices.
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Research

Health spending through 2015: changes on the horizon
Sheila Smith, Christine Borger, et al., Health Affairs, 2-22-06

Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics have released findings showing that, although the rate of health care spending has slowed recently, by 2015 U.S. health care spending is expected to rise to 20% of GDP.
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In this week's issue:

COMMENTARY

Cancer Prognosis
Consumers’ Role in Health Care
Demon drugs; Industry faces chorus of critics
Health savings accounts look like brain wave of the future
Patient Power
Doctors, Post Your Prices

RESEARCH

Health spending through 2015: changes on the horizon
Center for Medical Progress 
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