In VT, healthcare for all nears reality
Accustomed to being the first to dip its toe into hot-button issues, Vermont is preparing to provide public healthcare to all residents regardless of income, moving toward a government-run system that will take it as close to Canada philosophically as it is geographically. Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign legislation this month marking the first step on the path to phasing out most private insurance. The effort puts Vermont well in front of last year's federal healthcare overhaul. The ultimate goal, Shumlin said recently, is a Canadian-style system "where healthcare is a right and not a privilege." But it's not clear yet how Vermont -- the first state to ban slavery in its constitution and to give marriage-like rights to same-sex couples -- will achieve universal healthcare. The legislation places responsibility for the details of the new system, including how to pay for it, in the hands of a powerful new state board.
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC
- Cleveland Clinic Partners with North Shore-LIJ for Heart Care