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“With the U.S. Supreme Court re­view­ing chal­lenges to Pres­i­dent Obama’s health­care re­form plan, these (public health) sta­tis­tics are timely in this in­evitable sense: A sys­tem that helps the af­flu­ent stay healthy and fails or ex­cludes those who are, for ex­am­ple, un­em­ployed and with­out in­sur­ance or un­able to af­ford it be­cause of pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions isn’t work­ing as well as the ad­vo­cates of the sta­tus quo would like to be­lieve. In North Carolina, and else­where, a fam­ily’s means should make no dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of health­care or health it­self. A naive and ide­al­is­tic dream? Per­haps. But what ex­actly is wrong with it?” —Raleigh News & Ob­server

(N.C.) “Last month, 24,000 in­di­vid­ual prac­tice physi­cians in Mis­souri, Iowa, Kansas and Ne­braska were no­ti­fied that they could get con­fi­den­tial re­ports on the qual­ity and cost of treat­ment they pro­vided to Medi­care pa­tients in 2010. As of the end of March, only 3,300 of them had both­ered to check … Amer­ica’s bro­ken health­care sys­tem is in­or­di­nately com­plex. We are all part of the prob­lem, in­clud­ing the doc­tors who have failed to re­view their CMS qual­ity/cost re­ports. They need to step up and be­come part of the so­lu­tion.” —St. Louis Post-dis­patch

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