Minnesota Hospital Price Check: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Citizens' Council on Health Care questions the usefulness of the new hospital pricing website, Minnesota Hospital Price Check, being released online today.

Federal Judge Says Parents Must Submit Children to State-Sponsored Genetic Testing at Birth

Citizens' Council on Health Care opposes yesterday's federal ruling that upholds the Nebraska state law requiring parents to submit their newborn children for state disease testing at birth.

CCHC Asks Federal Group for Recommendations that Better Protect RIGHTS of Citizens & Better Reflect EXCELLENCE of American Medicine

While we understand that many hours went into the work of the CHCWG, we are unfortunately disappointed with the group's interim recommendations. These recommendations will not solve Medicare's unfunded liability of at least $30 trillion (GAO, 2005). Furthermore, the recommendations support expanding entitlements, increasing federal liabilities, reduced patient access to care, and new taxes. To be frank, we don't believe this is "what the doctor ordered."

President Bush's Executive Order Intrudes on the Patient-Doctor Relationship

The executive order, drafted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and expected to be signed today by President George W. Bush in Minneapolis, threatens the heart and soul of patient care, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

Blue Cross Blue Shield Database is "Big Health Surveillance"

The Blue Cross Blue Shield database is bad for patients and doctors, according to Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

CCHC Says: "The public should protest Govenor Pawlenty's QCare initiative

Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) says Governor Pawlenty's new QCare initiative for all state-purchased health care services should be challenged. As the Governor is flying around the state of Minnesota today to promote the program and explain his executive order, Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) has a very different message for the public.

CCHC Invited to Washington D.C. to Address Citizen Concerns Regarding Pending Medical Privacy Legislation

On Thursday, June 8, 2006, Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) will be speaking in Washington, D.C.

CCHC Resolution on Parent Consent for Newborn Genetic Testing Added to 2006 MN Republican Platform

Minnesota Republicans today said parent consent should be required for newborn genetic testing, and for government collection of infant DNA.

CCHC Hails Defeat of MN Senate's Prescription Electronic Reporting System

The following is a statement by Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care, regarding this evening's defeat of Senator Berglin's amendment to Senate File 3132, the data practices bill. The amendment would have established a state prescription tracking program. Data collected by state government would have included detailed data on patients who receive and physicians who prescribe legal pain medications.

Minnesota House Says Yes to Government Medical Decision-Making and Tracking Bureaucracy

Patients are in serious trouble as a result of today's vote in the Minnesota House, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), who helped draft an amendment to House File 1862 to put patients and doctors in control of medical decisions.