Hear a Canadian doctor tell what his country’s health care system is REALLY like
Dr. Stewart Kennedy, a family physician and also hospital executive at the Thunder Bay hospital, spoke on Sept. 26 at a Citizens Federation event in Duluth. He dispelled myths about the Canadian system, and showed how their system compares very favorably against the U.S. system.
You can look at Dr. Kennedy’s power point slides by clicking here: Canada US Health Care Facts and Myths – Sept 26-13.
The video of his talk is in two parts. Part 1 is 54 min., and Part 2 is 14 min. To view them on YouTube, click on these links:
State Legislative News:
September, 2013: The rates for the new insurance policies to be sold on Minnesota’s health insurance exchange (called MNsure) have been revealed, and they are the lowest so far announced anywhere in the country. These rates might be artificially under-priced, because it appears that the HMOs are planning to help fund these policies with some of their huge financial reserves, which were built up with fraudulently obtained profits from Medicaid and similar programs. The Citizens Fed’s work has played a big role in drawing attention to those huge bank accounts. The fact that we’ve made those riches “too hot to handle” is a reason why the HMOs would decide they’d better spend some of it on their policies in the new insurance exchange.
June, 2013: The HMOs succeeded in getting kicked out of Conference Committee the provision, which had been passed in the Minnesota House, to re-impose an upper limit on HMO financial reserves, which would have resulted in the return of many tens of millions of overpaid dollars. However, a study was authorized to study this question in the coming months, and give a recommendation for the 2014 legislative session. The Citizens Fed intends to be very involved in that study.
April, 2013: The House bill has provision to get many tens of millons of dollars back from the past overpayments to the HMOs! We’re finally succeeding in getting legislators to go after the wasted, fraudulently obtained tax dollars – IF this provision stays in the bill during Conference Committee.
March 27, 2013: Citizens Federation and GMHCC hold a press conference at the State Capitol, releasing a new report on the HMO accountabilty issue, and how the official Segal report confirms what we have been saying for years. Read our new GMHCC March 2013 Review of Minnesota’s HMO Accountability Reports, and our one page Summary of Segal Report.
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