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Monday, February 5, 2007

Today's Globe: insurance under $300, right and wrong, help quitting, blaming the sick

Many state residents will probably be able to buy basic health insurance for less than $300 a month to meet the new state mandate that everyone obtain coverage, insurers and observers said last week.

A Harvard researcher believes that humans have an innate sense of right and wrong, but others say morality is mostly learned.

Though most smokers try to quit without help, nicotine-free treatments including Chantix and longtime staples like nicotine gum and patches are more effective than trying to quit "cold turkey," according to experts and research.

The measure of a decent healthcare system is how well it honors its commitment to the sick, Marcia Angell writes. By that measure, we are not doing very well. We have shifted our focus from the sick to the well.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 05:59 AM
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