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Mine safety

Feb 2, 2006
The US Mine Safety and Health Administration has asked coal mines nationwide to "Stand Down for Safety" -- to run through their safety procedures for an hour on Monday morning. As Helen Palmer reports, the mining industry has been getting safer overall, but critics say safety enforcement has slipped.
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Plan B on Part D

Feb 2, 2006
With lawmakers scrambling to right the new Medicare drug program after a troubled launch, some Republicans are calling for fixes drug makers might like. Scott Tong has more.
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Health saving accounts - what might they mean?

Feb 1, 2006
The State of the Union address focused most strongly on foreign affairs and terrorism. But the president gave a push to one of his favorite initiatives: Health saving accounts. As Helen Palmer reports, the prospect of more cash flowing into these new health care accounts is reshaping health insurance -- and financial services.
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Time to unlink healthcare and work

Feb 1, 2006
Conservative commentator Steve Moore says that the US needs to stop linking healthcare and employment.
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State of the Union - Health

Jan 31, 2006
President Bush delivers his State of the Union address tonight. Among other things, he plans to propose new initiatives for health insurance. John Dimsdale has a preview.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Why health savings accounts are a bad idea

Jan 31, 2006
Commentator Zanny Minton-Beddoes says the health savings accounts President Bush is expected to tout in his State of the Union speech today could end up costing more money than they save.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Understanding health savings accounts

Jan 31, 2006
President Bush expects to make health saving accounts a highlight of his State of the Union speech tonight. But how exactly do they work at the consumer level? Helen Palmer has the details.
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British prostitution

Jan 27, 2006
A leading medical journal in Britain advocated today for legalized prostitution there. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports that health costs were a primary reason behind the endorsement.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Health Savings Accounts

Jan 27, 2006
President Bush is expected to make health savings accounts the centerpiece of his healthcare reform proposals. New numbers out yesterday indicate a three-fold increase in enrollment in similar programs over the past 10 months. Hillary Wicai reports.
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Agent Orange compensation

Jan 26, 2006
Today, a South Korean court ordered two US manufacturers of Agent Orange to pay $62 million in medical compensation to Korean veterans of the Vietnam War. Helen Palmer has more.
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