Emergency Rooms Are No Place for the Elderly

The elderly man lived alone in an apartment complex not far from the hospital. A younger neighbor, who’d watched him hobble down the building’s stairwell for nearly a week, insisted on taking him to the emergency room. Doctors there immediately diagnosed an infection in his painful toe and prescribed antibiotics for him to take at […]

Bigger May Be Better for Health Insurers, but Doubts Remain for Consumers

Deals among the nation’s largest health insurers in recent weeks have been almost head-spinning. But whatever the details, if the combinations are finalized, the result will be an industry dominated by three colossal insurers. Consumer advocates, policy experts and former regulators say that what may be good for the insurers may not be good for […]

Groundless Fears About Medicaid and Medicare

The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid should be an occasion for celebrating public programs that have made a positive difference in the lives of millions of Americans and a reminder of the critical need to preserve their legacies. It’s easy to forget that our country once allowed half of its seniors and the vast […]