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7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Dr. Paul Smith has seen the health care delivery system from the points of view of a physician, a patient and a scholar. He also knows how health care works on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, and he is tired of hearing the Canadian side being maligned by voices in the U.S. That's especially true in regards to prescription drugs, which the...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Terelle Terry has a different moniker for the "RX Express" - she calls it the "Overground Railroad." The appellation, borrowed from the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape to Canada before the Civil War, fits Terelle's persona: It incorporates both her knowledge of history and her activist inclinations. Terelle, 70,...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Jean Scott knows how to be frugal. She has been forced to learn. At 76, the retired Portland counselor receives a monthly Social Security check for $755, and she just recently learned she will get $1,000 a month NET from Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System. After necessary expenditures, there's not much left. She has taken in boarders to...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Sonja Clarke describes herself and her husband Bill as "old school." They worked hard, raised a family, and lived life according to the rules. They budgeted and saved, and planned things out very carefully. They never expected that, as they entered their golden years, they would have to sell their home in order to pay for health care Yet...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Franny Grippen is not trying to make a statement about health care in general by climbing aboard the RX express. She just wants to save a little bit of money on four prescription drugs that simply cost too much in the United States. Franny, 84, has been in Portland for four years. She lived most of her life in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she worked for...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Ritva Curley came to the United States from her native Finland more than three decades ago, and she can't be blamed if she occasionally wishes she were back there, at least insofar as the medical treatment she receives. Finland, like most industrial countries, has a form of socialized medicine. To people in Ritva's fix, it looks good by comparison...