HealthLeaders Media Marketing Weekly - March 17, 2010 | Six Reasons Proposed Hospital Advertising Ban Will Never Pass
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Six Reasons Proposed Hospital Advertising Ban Will Never Pass
Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media

Earlier this month, a couple of well-meaning Vermont lawmakers proposed a bill that would outlaw hospitals from marketing and advertising their services, with the goal of reining in cost. But wait—take a deep breath, unclench your teeth, and drop the bottle of Zoloft. This is never going to happen. And here's why. [Read More]
  March 3, 2010


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Integrated Campaign 'Connects' With Patients
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