Health news headlines in Minnesota today include:
- State health coverage marketplace launches web site
- Online flu vaccine forum made available to care providers
- Dentists team up to “Give Kids a Smile”
- Should doctors admit their medical mistakes?
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has launched a new web site (http://www.mn.gov/hix/) to connect with more than 1 million Minnesotans who are expected to use the new marketplace to get coverage.
The exchange is a key part of Minnesota’s effort to implement the federal health care overhaul. It will be a central place where individuals, families and small employers sign up for health insurance and receive help paying for it. About 300,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans and 200,000 small-business employees will gain coverage through the exchange. Read More…
Health officials in Minnesota recently set up an online forum that clinics can use to exchange information about the availability of the flu vaccine.
The program provides services to low-income children in need who face barriers to receive proper dental care. Read More…
Doctors make mistakes but are reluctant to own up to their errors, says Dr. Brian Goldman, a veteran ER physician. Goldman says doctors’ reluctance to discuss mistakes leads to more errors that harm patients and damages the culture of medicine in the U.S.
In a 1999 report The Institute of Medicine said almost 100,000 people die each year in the U.S. from preventable medical mistakes; a 2009 report from the Heart Corporation puts the number at 200,000. Would talking about mistakes bring that number down? Read More…