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Controlling Health Care Costs -- Big Lessons From How a Small Country is Pursuing Public Private Collaboration

Charles Dalton | Posted 11.02.2016 | World
Charles Dalton

Health care costs are headline news in the U.S. this week as 2017 insurance premiums on the government-run marketplaces are rolled out. With year-on-y...

Corporate Wellness -- Three Ways to Motivate Employers and Employees

Avital Scharf | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Avital Scharf

These figures show that corporate wellness works. But it takes time to figure out what motivates employers and employees to fully embrace wellness goals and to commit to a long-term healthy lifestyle change. This means that corporate wellness programs are constantly evolving.

The Affordable Care Act at Five Years: Where Is Prevention?

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Five years in, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved the delivery of health care in the United States. But more could be done, especially in prev...

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

The Cost of Breathing: Health Insurance and COPD -- Choosing the Best Plan for Your Needs

Harold Wimmer | Posted 01.14.2017 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Breathing shouldn't be your biggest expense. Yet, choosing an affordable health plan can be difficult, especially when you have a high-cost chronic disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Why America's Central Bank Is Concerned About Our Growing Dental Health Care Crisis

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If the U.S. Federal Reserve is concerned about the state of dental care in this country, you know we have a problem. In fact, according to the Fed, we have a very big problem.

Great Headlines About Organic From Around the World

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

Lately, there's been a spate of good news about organic agriculture. The movement is growing and gaining speed quickly. The power of the people is working!

Club Med(ical Practice)

Erin Gibson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

I've just been invited to an exclusive club. It's not the Soho House. It's not the Illuminati. It's not even Costco. For $250, I can get a membership into the hottest club in Los Angeles - my primary care physician's patient roster.

Even Rich Girls Worry About Being Bag Ladies

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Charles Schwab found that 87 percent of American workers would hire someone to change their car's oil, but only 24 percent of people would get help to figure out their 401(k) plans. Avoid the bag-lady scenario: Put taking care of your personal and financial health on par with your car's.

Website Allows Colorado Consumers to Compare Prices for Hospital Procedures

Bob Semro | Posted 10.05.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much does a knee replacement cost? A Caesarean section? For years in Colorado, it was almost impossible to know. In 2008, a group of Colorado hea...

Three Surprising Hazards of Worksite Wellness Programs

Leah Binder | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Bad wellness programs send the message that your boss thinks you're an idiot. This typically isn't a good strategy for improving morale, though it does improve motivation to update your resume.

The Best Disruptive Writing of 2013

Leah Binder | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Almost everyone agrees that the best strategy for improving Americans' health would be to prevent people from needing health care in the first place. But as these writers demonstrated in their powerful arguments, beware the easy answers.

Hospital Lobbyists Aren't So Savvy in Dealing With Hospital Ratings

Leah Binder | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Hospitals need to find more sophisticated approaches to this new era of consumerism and transparency. To understand the bankruptcy of their current strategy, think of it this way. Imagine that movie studio heads formed a committee and wrote a report denouncing all the film reviewers.

Republican Obamacare 'Fix' Is Junk, Just Like the Junk Insurance Plans It Protects

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In an effort to cynically score political points, the Republicans have taken up the cause of people who have received health insurance "cancellation" notices. The problem is that the Republicans aren't helping these people, they are exploiting them.

Cracking Health Costs: Dave Ramsey-Style

Leah Binder | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

It's time we applied such common sense to healthcare spending, and a much-discussed new book does just that: Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company's Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, by Tom Emerick and Al Lewis.

Eat More Fruit -- It's Good for the Economy (And for Your Health, Too)

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

I'll put it quite plainly: every American eating just one more portion of fruit or vegetables per day (that's 1/2 cup of either) would add up to $2.7 trillion of national medical costs savings.

GOP Again Tries to Take Away Health Care From Millions of Seniors, Women and Families

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The ACA is raising the quality of care, halting skyrocketing health costs, providing preventive care without co-pays, and eliminating the worst insurance company abuses. Instead of improving health care, the Republican repeal plan would take it away.

Obama's Brave New World of the Brain -- And Why It's Something America Can't Afford Not to Do!

Dr. Gregory Bayer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Bayer

The brain is at the center of health and well-being, yet our deficit in understanding of the detail of its complexity limits our response to those conditions that cripple so many in our society.

An Obamacare Picture Worth 10,000 Words

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

A seasoned colleague recently told me that some PowerPoint presentations have no power and make no point. But sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Recasting the Medical Morality Play

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Many Americans have an unhelpful habit of viewing the health reform debate as a morality play where those who treat us -- usually doctors and hospital...

Shopping for Surgery?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

If you're an uninsured New Yorker shopping for a hip replacement, the going rate in Manhattan is $18,260. If that sounds steep and you're willing to try medical tourism, the rate drops to $7,500 in Boston, $7,099 in Baltimore or $6,399 in Washington.

John Celock

Govs Told 'Health Care Has Not Changed In 100 Years' | John Celock | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The nation's governors were told that the way the health care industry treats patients needs to change in order to reduce Medicai...

President Obama Can Deliver a Powerful Message About Health Care, Strong Middle Class in State of the Union

Ethan Rome | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

We must stand strong to fight the GOP's hyper-partisan attacks on the health care programs that are making America healthier and moving our great country closer to achieving its promise.

24 Seconds to Roadkill

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

The United States remains intensely car friendly -- and pedestrian hostile. And that says a lot about our public safety, health, future obesity epidemic and how seriously we believe in global climate change.

Can a "Health" System Kill a Country?

Chris Norwood | Posted 07.17.2011 | New York
Chris Norwood

The nation could achieve marked degrees of improved health and jolt employment in its collapsed communities by having local community groups train local residents as health educators.