Table of Contents -- June 2001

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Vol. 97 No. 6  

Cover Story  

State of Public Health
Those who live in major population areas of Texas probably take the local health department for granted and assume every city in the state has the same services. Unfortunately, that's not the case. The public health system is spotty at best. The quality, intensity, and scope of services are as diverse as the state itself. Some experts worry the system has deteriorated to the point at which the public's health could be in danger.

By Laurie Stoneham


The RICO Lawsuit
TMA's decision to join a lawsuit against managed care companies was made reluctantly and after a lot of thought. But the lawsuit is not just about stopping managed care abuses; it's also about saving the insurers from themselves.

By Walt Borges

Legislative Affairs  

Privacy Regulations
The Bush administration has decided to implement the medical records privacy regulations Bill Clinton issued on his way out of office. But that doesn't mean the battle is over. TMA is pushing state legislation to prohibit the marketing of personal medical information for commercial purposes.

By Ken Ortolon

Public Health  

Public Health Authorities
They're called local health authorities and they provide valuable services to their communities, at least to those communities that have them. But like the overall public health system itself, the local health authority system is uneven.

By Laurie Stoneham

Medical Economics  

Paying for Treatment
Most insurers are often reluctant to pay for new or investigational treatments. But perseverance by physicians and patients can persuade them to change their minds. However, for some insurers, the threat of legal action is necessary.

By Walt Borges

Medical Education  

Earthquake Relief
A Texas medical student journeyed to India to help treat the casualties caused by the devastating earthquake that rocked that country in January. What he experienced reminded him why he chose medicine as a profession.

By Shilpen Patel

The Journal  

Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Pediatric Asthma

By Lynnette J. Mazur, MD, MPH; Lisa de Ybarrondo, MD; Jamey Miller, RN; and Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD


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