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Credit Agencies To Go Easier On Medical Debts

Shindy Chen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Money
Shindy Chen

Around 43 million Americans have past due medical debts on their credit reports, according to a December 2014 report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The Shameful Way Our Broken Health Care System Treats The Elderly

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.16.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

A 91-year-old woman calls her doctor complaining that she feels dizzy. No, that's not the beginning of a joke. It's what actually happened to my mother last week when she woke up feeling 'a little sick.' And here's the punch line. She ends up at the ER and in the hospital overnight.

America's New Single-Payer Majority

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While Obamacare has been a step in the right direction, more and more people across the country understand that a single-payer healthcare system is the only way to guarantee quality care and at the same time reduce medical costs.

Why I Became a Patient Advocate

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

There is no one who has as greater interest in your health than you do and remember, it is your life. You owe it to yourself to do the best that you can with it.

Boiling It Down: Dental Problems

Harold Nonken | Posted 03.09.2015 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

Dental hygiene for an alligator seems questionable. He can't floss. He can't even brush his teeth. Where would he get toothpaste? If he crawls into your neighborhood Walgreen's to buy some, it would cause a panic, regardless of his good intentions.

Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

Diagnosing and Curing Our Sick Health System

Allen Frances | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Allen Frances

You couldn't invent a worse healthcare system than the nightmare we have created in the U.S. Our medical costs are almost twice as high per person as they are in most other similar countries but produce only mediocre outcomes.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

How Can I Get Medical Bills in Collections Off My Credit Report?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 12.22.2014 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Many people struggle with medical debt -- so many, in fact, that it's the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States. But as you're learning, even after you've resolved your debt, it can haunt you for years to come.

A Good Time to Die

Warren Adler | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Warren Adler

If such an idea, lurking innocently behind the good doctor's thinking, gains traction, generations, many not yet born, are all doomed to have the government one day decide what age would be the most cost-effective and propitious period to cut off the life of a human being. Advances in science will, of course, make that number a moving target.

The Appropriate Role of the Hospital

Saquib Rahim | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Hospitals are often the most convenient setting for patients to receive care. Unfortunately, hospitals also are by far the highest cost setting. Curre...

Feeding People Better: Narrowing the Food Gap

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Daniel J. Schultz

Low-income households have a lot of hardships to overcome. The last thing they need is the additional struggle of higher medical bills, more doctor visits, lower quality of life and less opportunity to obtain a job all due to the food we provide.

Shopping for Your Health Care: Can You Tell if the Price Is Right?

Joshua Liao | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Joshua Liao

I believe in a tomorrow with more transparency and greater consumer awareness; one with troves of information at our fingertips; one where we can make health decisions with our eyes open. So for all of their limitations, the most recent Medicare releases are steps in the right direction.

Shocking Facts Behind Obesity

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

From the CDC, the term obesity is a label for a range of weight that is greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The Worl...

Jeffrey Young

Americans Pay Way More For This Than People In Other Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business

As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that resident...

Corporate Wellness Math and the Bottom Line

Sue Parks | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Sue Parks

You've invested in employees. They do a good job for you. Help them get healthier. By doing so, they will be more productive and happier, saving on your bottom line.

It Turns Out, Obamacare Actually Does Care

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Even if a person doesn't qualify for an ACA health plan, you -- and by "you" I mean everyone -- still get the benefits of the new law. And much of this has very real, and very substantive financial savings -- just not the financial savings you read about in the news about monthly bills.

The Harmful Reality of Restricting Drug Choices

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Clearly the goal of reducing the enormous cost burden of prescribed drugs is a legitimate one. If a drug that costs $200 a year is just as good as one that costs $2,000, restricting the latter makes sense. But the situation is not that simple.

How Do Financial Incentives Influence Doctors' Judgments?

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

We should also recognize that we, too, are human, and when our recommendations have financial implications, we should ask ourselves: How might this influence our decision-making?

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.

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

14 hospitals in the United States are charging more than ten times their costs for treatment. Specifically, for every $100 one of these hospitals spends, the charge on the corresponding bill is nearly $1,200.

What Is the Real Cost of Healthful Food?

Jim Moret | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

I suggest that while eating healthful foods may, on first blush, appear to be more expensive, it costs us more dearly if we don't.

How Much Will That Heart Test Cost? Many Hospitals Won't Tell You

Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 12/02/2013 04:07 PM EST on LiveScience Patients often have a hard time finding out exactly what the...

8 Ways Outsourcing Can Help Hospitals and Patients

Tom Lowery | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

The results of outsourcing include decreased patient frustration, a financially solid bottom line, predictable cash flow and increased net revenue without sacrificing precious time, money, and resources. That's a concept that hospitals and patients can certainly benefit from.

Localism is the Cause of High Healthcare Costs

Paul A. London | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul A. London

Antitrust laws should be used to prevent larger healthcare organizations from stifling competition in local markets but large medical businesses competing on price, service and quality is what the country needs to lower healthcare costs.