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Mind the Gap: Healthcare Costs Are Unaffordable for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Janet Froetscher | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

People with intellectual disabilities get less and lower quality health care -- or no health care. They experience much higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain and premature death.

Medicare Reform: Scrap the SGR and Use Markets to Control Costs

Hadley Heath | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Competition for the biggest waste of time in Washington is fierce, but certainly the annual "doc fix" exercise deserves to be in the running.

Price Transparency Won't Work

Deane Waldman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

"Price transparency" drags out into the open a number, price or charge, that has no real meaning in healthcare. In other activities, the price is what the consumer pays to the seller.

Winning in November by Defending the Affordable Care Act Now

David Coates | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Lindsey Graham's recent warning that Republicans might yet push for a presidential impeachment serves to demonstrate, if further demonstration was still required, just how brutal Washington politics could get if his party ends up in control of both Houses of Congress after the mid-term elections in November.

Medicare Can Pay For Transgender Recipients' Gender Confirmation Surgeries: Feds

AP | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Dep...

The Trouble With Healthcare Startups

Dan Lambert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Dan Lambert

US healthcare system costs have ballooned out of control. Bloomberg News predicts that by 2021, healthcare spending will reach 20% of the total US economy. If there was ever a time for healthcare disruption, it's now.

3 Words Could Save Billions in Healthcare Costs

Shar McBee | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

The question is this: Are our elected officials locked in a conventional view of the way things work, at our expense? Are they stuck with selfish motives and preconceived ideas? Or can they recognize true solutions?

Can Obamacare Fix Obama's Care?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

In early 2010, Barack Obama saw the White House physician. This, the presidential check-up, may be an ideal symbol -- and a starting point -- for what ails American medicine.

Save Money on Health Care: The Benefits of an HSA

SaveUp | Posted 04.01.2014 | Money

An HSA is one aspect of an overall healthcare strategy that can be a helpful planning tool and help you save money on the high costs of health care.

What Amazon Can Teach Us About Healthcare

Dr. Raz Winiarsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Dr. Raz Winiarsky

How could the same knee surgery cost $5,000 when performed by one surgeon, and $25,000 by a similarly trained surgeon only a few miles away? More importantly, how does the average medical consumer make sense of this discrepancy? He doesn't.

Gut Reaction: New Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease Trumps Cholesterol

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Recent research indicates that there is a third party in our relationship with food that dramatically influences a myriad of processes including digestion, energy extraction and metabolism. This is the bacterial population that colonizes our gut.

Obamacare vs. the French Health Care System

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 01.10.2014 | Money
Nake M. Kamrany

While Obamacare may not be replicating the French health care system, it seems that its goals are similar, but unfortunately remain unaffordable. Therefore, it is necessary for its policies to promote those goals and make them affordable.

Study: Cutting Food Stamps Would Cost, Not Save

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Proposed slashes to monthly food stamp programs could cost more than they save, suggests a University of California, San Francisco study linking limit...

Placebo Surgery: More Effective Than You Think?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

To be sure, many conditions require surgery, and surgical procedures have contributed to important increases in longevity and quality of life in industrialized settings. But the few sham surgery trials that have been done have likely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.

Population Health: Transforming Health Care to Improve Our Health

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Unless we change behaviors and the environments people live and work in there will be limited impact on the economic burden a society and a community face. In other words, we can't afford to still primarily focus on medical care.

Conservatives unpatriotically root for Obamacare failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The mainstream media has been obsessed with comparing the Affordable Care Act (affectionately known as Obamacare) with various failures by the previou...

Obamacare: The Good News, the Bad News, the Same Old News

Brian Joyce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brian Joyce

There was good news last week and bad news last week when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, and weirdly enough, for the first time possibly ever, it was the same news.

The Long View on Health Insurance Reform

Mary Buffett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

Much has been written about the rough rollout of Obamacare. It's been front page news for the past month as every piece of the Healthcare Exchange ro...

Is This The Real Reason Healthcare Is So Expensive?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Susan E. Matthews If the U.S. healthcare system was its own country, it would have the fifth largest GDP in the world, according to a report...

Latest Research on Tobacco Use and Health Care Cost Has Global Implications

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

High BMI and smoking remain among the top three risk factors that contribute to the highest burden of disease in Western Europe and the U.S., and the research mentioned above highlights this issue and discusses potential solutions, with implications far beyond South Africa.

Rising Demand For Cataract Surgery Raises Cost Questions

Posted 10.10.2013 | Fifty

The high costs and demand for medical procedures are putting a hefty price tag on independence for people over 50. Case in point: more and more post 5...

Here's What 240 Million Americans Will Have To Start Doing Next Week, Thanks To Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

On Oct. 1, the long-feared national nightmare finally arrives. Obamacare, the massive health care reform law passed in 2010, will make its latest m...

The Patriot Brothers Ream Obamacare

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 11.26.2013 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

Inspired by the gallant stand of their idol Ted Cruz, the Patriot Brothers explain why every real American should take health care into his own hands.

Caregiving Can Hurt Employee Health -- and Increase Employer Costs

Stacy Lu | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business
Stacy Lu

Byproducts of unrelenting stress, such as depression and poor sleep, and a lack of attention to personal health, including nutrition and exercise or neglecting preventive care, can take a toll.

It Costs HOW Much To Raise A Child?

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents

New parents, you might want to look away. The USDA just released its estimate of what it will cost to raise a child born in 2012 until the age of ...