More from our inbox: A New Generation of Philanthropists Child of an Older Mother To the Editor: Re “ Insurers Add Primary Care to Portfolios ” (front page, May 9): It seems to me that the fact that “multibillion-dollar corporations, particularly giant health insurers,” are gobbling up primary care practices to make more money and increase their control of health care delivery is old news to most American physicians. As the power of the corporations in our health care system increases, the power of our physicians decreases. Back in the day when physicians, and not corporations, ran the whole show, it used to be a beautiful thing to be a primary care physician in America. Calvin Shapses The writer is an internist. To the Editor: In 1980 the editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Arnold Relman, saw the rise of a “new medical-industrial complex” as “the most important health care development of the day.” Having built a vast … [Read more...] about When Corporations Take Over Health Care
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There’s medicine to quiet his opioid cravings. Getting it can be hard.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 It had been four days since Kevin Hargrove last took the medication that stilled his dangerous cravings. He awoke with a queasy stomach and achy muscles, then vomited on the sidewalk as he set off from his encampment under a D.C. bridge this month. Hargrove recently changed his Medicare-funded insurance company and was unable to fill his prescription for buprenorphine, the medication he has taken for years to treat his opioid addiction. The withdrawals proved too much. The 66-year-old found a dealer on the street, paid $6 for two pills he believed were codeine painkillers and washed them down with a can of Olde English 800 malt liquor. Less than an hour later, Hargrove passed out inside his sister's Columbia Heights apartment, overdosing on what was suspected to be fentanyl. "Don't tell me!" his sister cried. "You've been doing so well!" Hargrove's story illustrates the … [Read more...] about There’s medicine to quiet his opioid cravings. Getting it can be hard.
A Year in Uvalde
The United States experiences so many mass shootings that journalists do not usually linger long after the attacks. Reporters and photographers move on to other stories, while the families and friends of the victims continue to grieve. One year ago today, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Tamir Kalifa, an independent photojournalist based in Austin, traveled to Uvalde shortly after the shootings — but he kept coming back. Tamir temporarily moved to Uvalde to live alongside the victims’ families, renting a 320-square-foot shipping container converted into a home. We’re devoting today’s newsletter to some of the photographs Tamir has taken over the past year and to excerpts from his interviews with families. “The grieving cycles do not match the media cycles,” Tamir told us. “We move on, but families don’t.” Marking the holidays Xavier “X.J.” Lopez, 10, loved Christmas. He loved going to Uvalde’s annual extravaganza, an … [Read more...] about A Year in Uvalde
POISONOUS FALLOUT FROM THE WAR ON MARIJUANA
See the article in its original context from November 19, 1978 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Daryl Dodson, then a $125a‐week intern on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, first heard that the Mexican Government was spraying a lung‐seeking poison on illegal marijuana fields in February 1977. He did not believe it. Keith Stroup, director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), first heard about aerial spraying of the Mexican … [Read more...] about POISONOUS FALLOUT FROM THE WAR ON MARIJUANA
Clark Clifford, a Major Adviser To Four Presidents, Is Dead at 91
See the article in its original context from October 11, 1998 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Clark M. Clifford, the silver-haired Brahmin of the nation's political establishment who advised Presidents across half a century of American history, died yesterday morning at the age of 91 at his home in Bethesda, Md. A Secretary of Defense for one President, friend and confidant of three others, Mr. Clifford frequently played the role of capital Wise Man in inner sanctum crises, helping President Harry S. Truman keep peace with labor and warning President Lyndon B. Johnson about the folly of the Vietnam War. With a gentle drawl and an insider's run of the halls of power, Mr. Clifford was consulted as well by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, bridging the nation's postwar political era until he ran afoul of legal troubles in high-finance brokering. For all the … [Read more...] about Clark Clifford, a Major Adviser To Four Presidents, Is Dead at 91