Blog | Thursday, February 4, 2010

QD: News Every Day--A new milestone for government-paid health care


ACP Internist's wrap-up of current events notes that the government is paying more for people's health care, while the FDA seeks a record-setting allocation.

Health care reform
Those objecting to health care reform over fears of having government run their health care should note this report. Medicare's actuaries report that federal and state governments will pay for more than half of the health care purchased in the United States by 2012, and likely even sooner. The recession and aging baby boomers triggered this tipping point. (AP)

Howard R. Engel, ACP Member, has an eight-point wish list for internist-friendly health care reform. (South Bend Tribune)

Primary care shortage
Indiana University responded to state budget cuts by reducing medical school enrollment. The state is already short on physicians, and the school had been increasing its enrollment by 30% to fill the gap. (Courier-Journal)

In case you missed it ...
The FDA's budget request for 2011 tops $4 billion, or nearly $750 million more than what the agency received for 2010. FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, FACP, cites as justification new tobacco regulation oversight, as well as initiatives for better food safety, patient protection and core science to translate advances into practice.

Clorox got a first fiscal quarter boost from sales of cleaning products generated by H1N1 fears, but they aren't expected to continue, analysts said. (Los Angeles Times)

Because 90% of the population has a cell phone, and they indispensible for reaching low-income people government and industry sponsors are collaborating on the text4baby campaign. Expectant parents who text "BABY" to 511411 will receive expert-vetted messages timed to their due date through to the first birthday dealing with nutrition, immunization and birth defects. (AP)