Crowdfunding your medical expenses is a lot more complicated than you think. Consider fees and risks and explore your options before you set up an account (or donate to one).
Rita's example illustrates a relatively recent shift in health care, with decisions not handed down by the doctor from above but made by as a partnership between the doctor and the patient.
It bears pointing out that Cuba has had incredible, effective results, and is using them to reshape how developing countries tackle critical healthcare concerns in a world of economic constraint.
I don't want to have to lie to give blood. I don't want to have to hide who I am to help my kin. I do not need to be embarrassed about who I am to save lives.
A good doctor, I realized, is a lot of things all rolled into one. She is a doctor, sure, but she is also a priest who hears your confessions, a therapist who reads your concerns and a guru who poses lots of open-ended questions in hopes that you will improve yourself.
While we know how much insurers and oil and gas companies dole out to political campaigns and lobbyists, we don't have a clue how much of their cash is used to establish front groups or how much of it winds up in the pockets of either pundits for hire or tax-exempt organizations that do their bidding.
Fighting for black health progress is not mutually exclusive from the overall fight for making black lives matter. In fact, it might just be as pivotal to the overall movement as systematic equal opportunity and justice.
In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.
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For many physicians throughout New York State, negotiating with insurance companies has become a primary component of their job description. Patients' wait times are increasing and the time spent with the physician is getting shorter.
One of the ways Big Data is being employed in the medical industry is to ferret out and prevent fraud before it happens. Analytics can "find" and "reveal" potential problems before they happen, track suspicious activity and stop perpetrators before they ply their criminal trade.
So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.
We may want to quit seeing health care and social supports as alternatives and instead see them as complements. Allowing health care expenditures to crowd out upstream investments in health has proven imprudent policy.
As scientists and educators, we don't have a lot of free time. But we wouldn't be either of these things, nor be proficient at them, if we didn't keep in touch with the communities that undergrid everything we do. Twitter turns out to be the most powerful tool we have to do this.
Although the majority of home care cases go smoothly, we need to ensure that our home health aides, nurses and therapists are also prepared for any difficulties that may arise in dealing with clients or their family members.
Instead, back to Alcabes' question, "Is healing important?" which we might extend to ask: is it important to deal with this in a column on religion and American public life?