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Health Insurance Costs Continue to Rise

MoneyTips | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business

Blame Prescription Drug Prices The actuarial service firm Milliman recently released the 2015 Milliman Medical Index (MMI), an index that tracks the ...

Do We Expect Too Much From Our Doctors

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

I had a wonderful team of professionals to help me but in doing my own research, I was able to affect different outcomes for myself that made drastic differences in my treatments. It gave me a sense of empowerment to know that I was doing everything that I could do for myself.

Medical Debt and a Citizen Call for a New Declaration of Independence

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Now that the Supreme Court has once again upheld the legal foundations of the Affordable Care Act, and the proper celebrating and hand-wringing has had its day, it's time to reveal the real winner of that program. America's bill collectors.

High Costs of Cancer Drugs

Erin Havel | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

We are in a different time period thanks to scientific discovery. Our health care system and our views of what cancer looks like need to expand to match up with where we are.

A Health Care System That Works

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jasmine Jaksic

The beautiful thing about Slovenia, like so many other developed countries, is when you are a citizen and need medical care, you don't think about whether your insurance is good enough and what you can and cannot afford; you just get treated. It's extremely affordable even for non-citizens like me.

The Deadly Aftershocks of Medical Debt on Your Credit Report

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Thanks to muscular promptings by NY State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies announced changes in the way in which medical debt will be scored when they deliver an individual's credit report.

The Poetry of Toxic Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.07.2015 | Good News
Jerry Ashton

RIP Medical Debt has not only done well by the families it has gifted, it has at the same time subtracted that amount of available debt from the industry. No agency will have a chance to buy it. It is out of their world. Forever.

For Non-Profits, There Ain't No Free Launch!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Jerry Ashton

What could be easier than starting a feel-good, do good charitable operation? Especially one that would have universal appeal and which -- in one way or another -- likely affects almost every family in the United States?

Credit Agencies To Go Easier On Medical Debts

Shindy Chen | Posted 05.23.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 | 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.