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Commonwealth Fund confirmed that as a nation we spend much more on health care than any other country, but outcomes are not as good, care is slower and poorly coordinated. In their report, 42 percent of patients reported seeing multiple physicians, having duplicate tests, not receiving the care they needed, being prescribed incorrect medications and receiving virtually no explanation of their Dr. David Lipschitz problems. And they were concerned to learn that their doctors rarely communicated with each other. Compared with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, American patients were four times more likely to forgo care, skip physician visits or not fill prescriptions because of out-of-pocket costs. The clear difference between health care in the United States and in other developed countries is the level of coordination of care by primary care physicians. In other developed countries, visits to A new Gallup poll shows that only 44 perthese doctors are usually free and appointments cent of Americans receive healthcare insurance are readily available. Unlike in America, the primary through their employers. And those who do are paycare doctor, who refers patients to specialists when ing more than they used to -- with greater deductneeded, coordinates all patient care. ibles and co-payments. This form of care is referred to as the This reflects a 5 percent decrease in in“medical home” and attempts are under way in the sured employees in the past three years. InformaUnited States to duplicate it. The Commonwealth tion from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates Fund reported that medical homes had lower rates that there are now 44 million uninsured adults and of medical errors, better communication with paanother 22 million below age 65 receiving Medicaid tients, avoidance of unnecessary tests and fewer and other public assistance for low-income families. emergency visits. Doctor visits among those with insurance Virtually every insurance plan in the United are declining, as are laboratory tests, prescriptions States acknowledges with pride that their enrollees and medical procedures. Visits are decreasing bedo not need a referral to see a specialist. And one cause of the number of uninsured and also because specialist can refer to another, leaving the primary more individuals have bought health care insurance physician out of the loop. In the future, this mindwith high deductibles. Many are choosing not to set has to change and everyone needs to underundergo elective procedures, such as knee replacestand that multiple physicians leads to too many ments, perhaps because of the weak economy and tests, too many drugs and too many procedures steep co-payments. Patients with illnesses wait later that, in turn, result in poor care with an increased and later to see the doctor, leading to more difficult risk of mistakes, complications and needless exproblems and a higher need for hospitalization. pense. The decrease in visits has also been noted Policy makers, medical schools, states and among the Medicare population. Even a modest inthe federal government must do more to encourcrease in co-payments is accompanied by a greater age young physicians to enter primary care. And reluctance to visit the doctor. A recent article in the consumers must work hard to find a physician they New England Journal of Medicine examined the trust who assumes the management of all their medical usage of 900,000 Medicare recipients in medical problems and only see a specialist when managed Medicare plans between 2001-2006. Durneeded. This is the only hope for solving our totally ing that time, primary care co-payments increased dysfunctional, bloated and expensive health care from $7 to $14 and from $12 to $22 for visits to GREENS BEL AIR system. 6thmuch pg. specialists. In 2011, the co-payments are Dec. 4, 2011 higher. For every plan that raised co-payments, the Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book “Breaking number of doctor visits decreased by 20 for every the Rules of Aging.” To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, 100 enrollees. visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. More At first blush, these findings seem positive, information is available at: as higher co-payments may result in unnecessary www.drdavidhealth.com appointments for minor problems. Sadly, this was COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM not the case. Fewer doctor visits led to an additional two hospitalizations for every 100 patients and an average of 13 more days spent in the hospital. The conclusion of this research was that raising co-payments resulted in sicker patients, more hospitalizaQ: How can you tell if a train has gone tions and greater costs. by recently? As patients are waiting to become sicker A: You can see its tracks! before seeing the doctor, a new study from the

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I have a silver charm bracelet that was given to me in 1944. My mother gave me the first charm, and I have a total of seven. All of the charms are engraved with the names of family and friends. Marked on the backside of each charm are the words “Coro Sterling Silver.” Does my bracelet have any value?

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The Cohen Xerger Co., founded in 1900, in New York City, made your bracelet. They also had a factory in Providence, R.I. In 1943, the company changed its name to Coro. They used the first two letters of Cohn and Rosenberger. Coro Craft Sterling was produced from 1943 to 1944,  and it was one of their most expensive lines. The  company was sold to Richton Intl. in 1970 and it  eventually went bankrupt. Coro costume jewelry is very collectible.

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