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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Newshour on Health Care Reform

The Newshour had an excellent discussion last week on the road to health care reform for President-elect Obama and some of the new obstacles that may exist because of the weak economy.  Here is a link to the transcript. 

Images_2 On a related topic of health news generally, the Wall Street Journal's health blog reports today on the Kaiser Family Foundation's study with the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism concerning the reporting on health news - health news made up only 3.6% of all the news content.  The WSJ breaks out the study results and reports,

Here’s how the study broke down the type of health coverage that was out there:

42% of stories were about specific diseases or conditions. Cancer got the most attention, at 10% of all health coverage.

31% focused on public health issues, including potential epidemics and contamination of food and drugs.

27% focused on health policy or the health-care system. . . .

Kaiser is taking direct action to improve coverage of health policy. The New York Times reports on the group’s plan to start publishing health stories early next year. Our former colleague Laurie McGinley and ex-Congressional Quarterly editor Peggy Girshman are running the service, called Kaiser Health News.

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