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• Frost & Sullivan’s (Mountain View, CA) recent strategic market research, U.S. Oxygen Therapy Device Markets, which evaluates the concentrators, liquid oxygen systems, compressed gas systems, oxygen conservers, and regulators industries, indicates a decline in revenues throughout the 2005 forecast period for concentrators and liquid oxygen systems. It also showed that conservers and compressed gas systems revenues are expected to climb slightly. U.S. Oxygen Therapy Device Markets found that although short-term Medicare reimbursement cuts are having a restraining impact on the present market, these cuts might ultimately serve as a driving force for future market growth. These markets are all characterized by intense price competition between manufacturers, since the reimbursements have resulted in a focus on cost factors in the end-user segments. As home care providers cut down on the level of home health service they provide, fewer visits to patients on home oxygen will be planned. Fewer visits to the home might result in more hospitalization, increased emergency visits, and more patients seeking care at physicians’ offices.
•Holocaust survivors could receive free home healthcare coverage from European insurers that failed to pay their claims during the Nazi regime. Florida Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson has proposed the idea, which is being reviewed by the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims of which Nelson is a member. The commission also includes five European insurers who want to know how much the plan will cost. Just in Florida, there are at least 5,100 Holocaust survivors.
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