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Friday, August 17, 2007

Todays Globe: insurance pinch for older people, taxing tobacco, testing for warfarin, battling cancer

Older people shopping for health insurance through the state's new initiative are discovering a sobering reality: Prices for unsubsidized plans are twice as expensive if you're 60 than if you're 27, making insurance unaffordable or barely affordable for many in their later years.

To aid the nation's fight against cancer, the federal government should increase taxes on tobacco products and strictly regulate the sales and marketing of tobacco, said an advisory panel to the president.

Federal health officials are stopping short of recommending genetic tests for patients on the blood-thinner warfarin, even though they have said such screenings could prevent thousands of complications each year.

Tommy Thompson has bowed out of the presidential race, but his call to end breast cancer by 2015 deserves a long political life, a Globe editorial says.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:44 AM
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