An offshore insurance company is offering a new kind of liability coverage for hospitals, indemnifying them against a pandemic or similar outbreaks.
As part of my work, I spend a lot of time combing through healthcare news stories. I inevitably stumble onto articles about hospitals and healthcare delivery from other parts of the world.
I think what those articles say--or, rather, what they don't say--speaks volumes about the state of healthcare delivery and finance in our own country. Just compare the health finance controversies below from Canada, Denmark and other locales to the ones we read about here at home.
Canadians are hopping mad about the cost of parking at hospitals. It's become so bad that Ontario, the country's most populous province, recently froze parking rates for the next three years, according to CBCnews. Any hospital that charges more than $10 Canadian (U.S. $7) a day must offer discounts of 50 percent to any visitor who parks at a facility for 10 days or more in a row.
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