I would characterize it as a real growth industry. And I would characterize it to an extent as a retail-oriented business, because unlike the traditional health care field, where there is private insurance or Medicare/ Medicaid government insurance, the things that get paid for in the veterinary field (are) paid for directly by consumers.
This is a real-life example of some of the problems with the Medicare Part D system. This shows how the program doesn't do enough to bring down the cost of drugs, which too often are prohibitively expensive.
Contrary to what many predicted two years ago, ... we found a robust market for seniors in many major cities. By careful shopping, consumers can save hundreds of dollars in their individual HMO and Medicare supplement choices.
Anyone watching the colossal incompetence of the GOP from botching up the Medicare drug bill to fouling up the response to Katrina might think these guys couldn't organize a one-car parade. But there's one thing they excel at: the politics of personal destruction.
The biggest problem for most people is affording the health care they need, even with Medicare, ... People are telling us they can't afford to get the care they need, because Medicare supplemental policies are too expensive, medications are too expensive, and they are having trouble with special needs if they are in HMOs.
The biggest problem for most people is affording the health care they need, even with Medicare. People are telling us they can't afford to get the care they need, because Medicare supplemental policies are too expensive, medications are too expensive, and they are having trouble with special needs if they are in HMOs.
As caregivers, we recognize that prescription drugs are an important part of treating illness and enhancing wellness. But before we expand benefits -- and make new promises -- to Medicare beneficiaries, it is essential that we keep our current promises.
There are certain people who are at higher risk within that Medicare group. Men, for example, have a much higher risk, nearly double the risk of women, and people with other medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes,
Right now, there are a lot of competing ideologies about what should happen to Medicare. Some have wanted to turn it over to the private market to keep costs down and allow for more personal responsibility. That's what we're seeing right now with the Medicare modernization act.
It's a very good benefit. It's probably the best thing about Medicare Part D, except that most people don't know about it or don't know how to apply for it or are not comfortable with it or capable of applying.
Our effort is to change the Medicare drug law. If this campaign had the effect of changing the political environment and that's what is required ... that would be fine with us. But we're not an organization that is principally, or is at all, about electoral campaigns.
What bothers people the most about corruption is not the fouling of the process but the impact on real things energy prices, the Iraq war and Medicare reform. Those are 'facts' that upset people the most. The corruption scandal is all about energy, Iraq, and the prescription drug mess the dominant issues for the public.
For the Medicare drug benefit to continue without breaking the federal budget, it will be critical that medicines are prescribed based on their effectiveness and track record, not on advertising campaigns.