Daily Rounds: Reform's Effect on Health Costs; Big Premium Hikes for Small Businesses; State Obesity Rates Vary Dramatically; Community Hospitals Scramble
The good news is: federal health care reform is not expected to boost medical spending much. The bad news is: federal health care reform is not expected to cut medical spending. Two versions:
Health Plan Won’t Fuel Big Spending, Report Says - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)
Healthcare overhaul: U.S. healthcare costs projected to continue to climb - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
Despite Caps Small Businesses See Big Health Cost Increases - Industry News - Portfolio.com Some small Massachusetts businesses see premium rates rise by 40 or 50 percent this year.(Conde Nast Portfolio)
Alarms on Mass. youth obesity - The Boston Globe Stunning differences between richer and poorer communities, with rates varying by a factor of four or five. (Boston Globe)
Community hospitals scramble to survive, stay independent - USATODAY.com Can 120-year-old Quincy Medical Center make it in this financial climate? (USA Today)
This program aired on September 9, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.