Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Live Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Live | No Cash, No Heart. Transplant Centers Need to Know You Can Pay. Supported by When a Michigan woman was told to raise $10,000 for a heart transplant, outrage spread on social media. But experts say “wallet biopsies” are common. ByJoNel Aleccia | Kaiser Health News Dec. 4, 2018 When Patrick Mannion heard about the Michigan woman denied a heart transplant because she couldn’t afford the anti-rejection drugs, he knew what she was up against. On social media posts of a letter that went viral last month, Hedda Martin, 60, of Grand Rapids, was informed that she was not a candidate for a heart transplant because of her finances. It recommended “a fund-raising effort of $10,000.” Two years ago, Mr. Mannion, of Oxford, Conn., learned he needed a double-lung transplant after contracting … [Read more...] about No Cash, No Heart. Transplant Centers Need to Know You Can Pay.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByCharles Ornstein and Katie Thomas Oct. 1, 2018 This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. The chairman of the board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center bluntly disparaged the hospital’s former chief medical officer on Monday, telling the hospital’s staff that the medical chief had “crossed lines” and had gone “off the reservation” in his outside dealings with health and drug companies. The remarks by Douglas A. Warner III, the chairman of the center’s board of managers and overseers, as well as Dr. Craig B. Thompson, the chief executive, went beyond previous hospital statements about the former chief medical officer, Dr. José Baselga. Until Monday, the hospital had … [Read more...] about Cancer Center’s Board Chairman Faults Top Doctor Over ‘Crossed Lines’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKatie Thomas and Charles Ornstein Sept. 25, 2018 This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has abruptly changed the focus of an annual fund-raising campaign amid a widening crisis that has already led to the resignation of its chief medical officer and a sweeping re-examination of its policies. The campaign, initially titled “Harnessing Big Data,” was to have focused on the cancer center’s research into the use of artificial intelligence in cancer treatment, according to a brochure on Memorial Sloan Kettering’s website. The move follows an article Thursday by The New York Times and ProPublica about an exclusive deal that Memorial Sloan Kettering made with an … [Read more...] about Cancer Center Switches Focus on Fund-Raising as Problems Mount
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKatie Thomas and Charles Ornstein Sept. 9, 2018 The chief executive of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center sent an email to all staff members on Sunday saying that the institution and its faculty “need to do a better job” of disclosing their relationships with the drug and health care industries. “The matter of disclosure is serious,” wrote the executive, Dr. Craig B. Thompson, along with Kathryn Martin, the chief operating officer. The email, which was labeled an “important message,” referred directly to an article published this weekend by The New York Times and ProPublica about the failure of Dr. José Baselga, the cancer center’s chief medical officer, to disclose his extensive industry relationships in dozens of research articles since … [Read more...] about MSK Cancer Center Orders Staff to ‘Do a Better Job’ of Disclosing Industry Ties