Luckily though, Kaiser Permanente and the U.C. Davis Medical Center have stepped forward to save this important social service. U.C. Davis Medical Center gave ,000 and Kaiser Permanente gave ,000 to keep the flu shot program alive. This is great news for this particular program. In this particular flu season. But it certainly still raises questions about the future prospects of government services aimed at the health care needs of citizens.
Oral Cancer (mouth cancer) is included in a specific group of cancers called oral and head and neck cancer (OHNC). It’s estimated that between 70 – 80 percent of all cases of OHNC are due to tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption.
With 2.5 million registered nurses nationwide, nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession. A handmaid to the doctor is how many people see nurses and nothing more.
25.Net cost to the government for Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits is estimated to go from .4 Billion in 2006 to 9.2 Billion in 2015 (estimate by health and human services department). However, much higher estimates of the costs of Medicare Part D can also be found from non-government resources. Two years ago Congress reluctantly approved for the plan at a cost of no more than 5 billion dollars over 10 years. A few months later the cost ballooned to 4 billion and earlier this year it shot to 5 billion. Big Pharma is the biggest recipients of the increased dollars added to the costs of this program.
The cost of care is weakening and it’s not just the fact that this is presented in five to six digits that gives such unpleasant feeling. Knowing that the price you have to pay for year’s stay in a nursing home is equivalent to your retirement pay is a bitter pill to swallow.
Here are some important questions to ask yourself when thinking about your retirement, aging and the ability to care for yourself when you become older and frail.
Focus on the cluster of questions around stem cell research and cloning for a moment. One group of “dedicated and committed researchers” considers the human embryo a ball of cells and nothing more. Because it is undeveloped and would not survive out of the womb, any research is permissible, including the new proposals. The medical benefits, remote as they may be, wholly justify the action. At the opposite pole, many of us Christians (I only wish I could say the majority) believe that from conception onwards the embryo has the full status of humanity. On principle, this allows no research or use not for the benefit of that particular embryo, including both present and new potential uses.