Pain-killing prescriptions called hard to fill

Chris Young is a lifelong gun enthusiast, but his wife, Lesley, got rid of his rifles not long after the couple moved back to Florida nearly two years ago. She was afraid of what her wheelchair-bound husband might do to himself once the Youngs found themselves among the throng of other patients forced to do […]

The Time Has Come to Address Sky-High Drug Prices

In any given month, about half of all Americans—and 90 percent of seniors—take a prescription drug. These medications help millions of patients fight illnesses and recover from injuries; they also shorten the duration of common illnesses, alleviate pain, and treat life-threatening illnesses. Simply put, prescription drugs save lives and can prevent costlier, more invasive treatments. Yet not all drugs offer […]

Governor, lawmakers responsible for Florida’s health care mess

As Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature look to pin down responsibility for the state’s rising health care costs for the poor and uninsured, they should look in the mirror. It’s not the hospitals, which are their favorite target. It’s the Medicaid managed care system they created that is costing money rather than saving […]

An Aging Population, Without the Doctors to Match

WE talk a lot these days about what constitutes a good way to die. There’s also much discussion about the art of healthy aging. But largely absent from the conversation are all the people between the two. People who aren’t dying but who grow more frail. People who have significant health concerns. People who suddenly […]