‘Trickle-Down’ Nursing

Seven Days To the Editor: I thank Seven Days for the excellent story on the University of Vermont Medical Center’s use of temporary nurses [“Health Care Premium,” November 3]. These extra millions spent on the temporary nurses come from our fee, premium and tax dollars. That money ought to support local doctors, nurses, staff and […]

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Looking the other way on health care

VTDigger Many Vermonters don’t have access to affordable health care. Besides the uninsured, 36% of us are underinsured, meaning a serious health care problem would be a financial disaster. And yet the Legislature has studiously avoided discussion of structural reform or public financing. The Task Force on Affordable and Accessible Health Care talks about tweaking […]

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Shameful effort to horn in on Medicare

VTDigger I want to compliment John Steen (Commentary: “Medicare Advantage is a disadvantage”) in sharing these facts and pointing out another ripoff of the taxpayers and people buying into this. It is projected that 70% of Medicare-eligible people will be in these very lucrative — for insurance companies — programs in the next five years. […]

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Wallack’s commentary more ‘charm offensive’ than informative

VTDigger Anya Radar Wallack’s “What on earth are they doing at UVM Health Network?” left me with two impressions. I doubt Ms. Wallack intended either with her commentary. The first was that Ms. Wallack’s honesty about a “really messed up American health care system” is itself part of a strategy. Wendell Potter, former corporate communications […]

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Regarding: What on earth are they doing at UVMHN?

VTDigger Consistent with the trend of hospital administrators’ compensation vastly outgrowing provider pay, like Al Gobeille and Corey Gustafson before her, Anya Rader Wallack leaves her many years as a former regulator of the UVM Health Network to feed at the trough with it. Just as Gobeille and Gustafson, she possesses no actual health care […]

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Action is needed for health care access; pass H.276

VTDigger Bill Schubart’s very powerful column about the implosion of Vermont’s health care system is right on the mark. He deplores the consolidation of health care monopoly in this state and the associated decline in the ability of actual Vermonters to afford and access health care services. He points to “an acquisition strategy that consolidates […]

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A health care monopoly on the horizon

VTDigger Many thanks to Bill Schubart for cogently chronicling the many different ways that Vermont’s health care is sliding toward disaster (“The slow-motion implosion of Vermont’s health care system”). We are now well on our way toward a health care monopoly in the hands of the University of Vermont Medical Center and its affiliated “ACO,” […]

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Look to Europe

Seven Days [Re “The Doctor Won’t See You Now,” September 1]: Waiting for 10 months? Of course, that’s outrageous when it comes to health care, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. Our country as a whole has the disease, and it won’t be cured with natural foods or lotus positions or seven social workers posing as therapists. […]

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Brumsted’s Pay

Seven Days [Re ” The Doctor Won’t See You Now,” September 1]: Seven Days‘ coverage of wait times at the University of Vermont Medical Center left me horrified by the misery and frustration of the many patients unable to get health care when it was urgently needed. It seems that this horror story results, in […]

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Improved Medicare for All is the answer

VTDigger The Commonwealth Fund, a philanthropic foundation, has recently published another report on our health care system, and it doesn’t look good. The United States ranked dead last when compared to 10 other high-income countries. The study looked at access to care, care process, administrative efficiency, equity, and health care outcomes. Dead last! It is […]

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