Coming Sunday: Chronicle looks at efforts to change health care

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With more than 45 million people uninsured and health care eating up a larger and larger slice of federal and state budgets, as well as household budgets, the need to enact reforms seems stronger than ever. But what those reforms will look like is a battle likely to consume the next several weeks in Washington.

The Augusta Chronicle will look Sunday at what might be ahead and what health care reform would mean in Augusta from variety of informed perspectives: an uninsured patient; a primary care doctor; a hospital CEO; a clinic director who serves many uninsured; a pharmacist; and a specialist physician who also seeks to get the uninsured better care.

For pharmacist Stewart Flanagin of Hill Drug Co., reform means getting insurance companies to charge the same price, regardless of where the patient is getting the drug.

“There’s just inequity across the board,” he said.

Even if you have insurance now, what may come out of a public insurance plan as part of the reform could influence what your insurance decides to cover in the future, and perhaps not for the better, said Terrence Cook, an Augusta allergist and chair of the Project Access Committee of the Richmond County Medical Society, which coordinates donated physician services for qualified uninsured patients.

“It’s not a great help to you if they’re not going to pay for things you need,” Dr Cook said.

Read all about it in Sunday's Augsuta Chronicle.

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jack 06/26/09 - 10:49 am
The DIMs will try and cram

The DIMs will try and cram this down our throats just like the porkulus bill and now the Cap and tax bill which is being "debated" in the House when it was introduced early this moring, not giving anyone the opportunity to read, no amendments allowed and actuaullay debate the issues. 2010 is next year and we need to flush the DIMs out of Congress like crap out of a toilet.

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