DOVER, Del.-Anticipating the enactment of state healthcare reform legislation in June, the Association of Delaware Hospitals and the Medical Society of Delaware have agreed to a series of objectives for whatever plan is adopted. In a joint statement released last month, the two healthcare groups said state officials must take steps to improve access and control cost shifting. A 1992 report by Lewin-VHI found that Delaware has the highest cost-shift per capita of any state. A separate report by the University of Delaware said the number of uninsured in the state rose to 95,000 in 1992 from 72,000 in 1990. The hospital association and medical society said future reforms should be built on the current employer-sponsored financing system. Democratic Gov. Thomas R. Carper has called on the Delaware Health Care Commission to deliver a comprehensive healthcare plan early this month.
ALBANY, N.Y.-New York State Health Commissioner Mark R. Chassin has announced the appointment of an advisory panel that will seek to help improve the quality of breast cancer treatment. The 13-member panel, including medical specialists, researchers, nurses and consumers, will identify data to be collected and work with practitioners and healthcare facilities. The data that's gathered will be used to develop collaborative efforts to improve treatment. More than 11,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported in the state annually, resulting in more than 14,000 hospitalizations and 3,700 deaths a year.
NEW YORK-New Yorkers aren't very satisfied with the cost or quality of healthcare in the city or their ability to see a physician when they need to, according to a new poll by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Penn|+|Schoen Associates conducted the citywide survey of 1,005 adult residents last fall. Some 18% of the poll's respondents were uninsured. Sixty-four percent of the respondents rated the quality of care in the city as "poor" or "only fair." Fifty-one percent said the same is true about their ability to obtain care. And more than four of every 10 people said healthcare in the city is "not very affordable" or "not affordable at all." Some 40% said they sometimes don't get the care they need because of cost.