Maine's Chronic Problem: Fixing Health Care

Gardiner Harris, writing in the New York Times, tries to figure out why health care reform in the State of Maine is so elusive.

Harris (my former colleague at the WSJ), says that "Maine is the Charlie Brown of health care." He continues:

The state’s legislators have tried for decades to fix its system, but their efforts have always fallen short: health insurance premiums are still among the least affordable in the nation, health care spending per person is among the highest and hospital emergency rooms are among the most crowded. Indeed, many overhauls to the system have done little more than squeeze a balloon — solving one problem while worsening another.

This program aired on November 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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