What happened in Maine is a sobering reality check on the oft-repeated myth that getting rid of ObamaCare and other consumer protections is the answer to our health care problems.
The current national debate on health care reform was lost on me until two recent events brought it crashing home.
What if the government stepped in and paid the match for anyone who created a job? What if they encouraged us to step up to the plate and make things happen, rather than waiting for a company to hire us?
Converting Medicare to a privatized voucher system is a key element of the Romney-Ryan scheme: take health care coverage for retirees out of the hands of the U.S. government, where it has worked comparatively well, and shift it to the private market, which has proven to be a high-cost failure.
When we stay committed to helping each other and our belief systems are aligned, then we will solve the mechanisms and reunite why we do what we do with what we do to achieve our goals.
Did you ever wonder why you have all those itemized costs on your doctor and hospital bills? It seems that you get charged for the doctor walking into the examining room, walking out, taking your blood pressure, hitting your knee with his little hammer, etc.
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The wedge that divides America today is a familiar one; simply, to what extent we should have "more" or "less" government in our lives.
While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has continuously warned people about the risks, the message seems ineffective to those who see Mexico as the only viable option to a medical system that threatens their economic existence.
If Paul Ryan's proposal to largely privatize Medicare becomes a reality, those not already 55 and older will be putting far more "skin in the game" than current beneficiaries do, and they'll be required to peel off increasing amounts of skin every year for the rest of their lives.
Planned Parenthood health centers performed nearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings nationwide. Now, we will be able to serve our existing patients with even more resources--and reach new patients.
Medicare does not provide family coverage to younger spouses or dependent children when you qualify for Medicare. Here are some options for your wife depending on your situation.
Here, people lose their houses and their property when they get sick, if their coverage is insufficient or non-existent. Here, too many people think that their neighbor should not have the right to see a doctor unless he pays for it. "Why should I cover that guy's bills? He can go to the emergency room!"
I spent a number of years in the medical field. I even ran medical practices. But even I was unaware until recently about one really good option for people struggling to find more affordable medical care -- the federally funded community health center program.
Several years after making headlines for its health care reform, Massachusetts is back in the news, this time for passing legislation that aims to impose a cap on overall health care spending. That ambition implies, even if it doesn't quite manage to say, a very provocative word: rationing.
If these assumptions about electronic medical records were true, medical quality could be improved while costs would decrease. Unfortunately, a simple review of the reality of EMRs shows a much less optimistic view.