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The 80/20 Rule: Why Insurers Are Incented Against Lowering Costs (and Integrative Health)

John Weeks | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The lesson I am about to share I learned on the mean streets of the early years of integrative medicine and health. This was the time of the first "co...

Understanding Patient Assistance Programs

MoneyTips | Posted 05.23.2016 | Money
MoneyTips

Patient Assistance Programs, also known as Prescription Assistance Programs, are designed to help low-income patients that have difficulty affording t...

Creative Ways Couples Pay for In Vitro Fertilization

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Jill L. Ferguson

According to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, one in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has troubles conceiving or sustaining a preg...

The Billing Error That May Knock You Out

Nurse Katz | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

"I had a procedure done and it sees that I was billed for the anesthesia twice. Am I reading my bill correctly?"

Google, the Source and Antidote to Bad Medical Advice on the Internet

Eli Schwartz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Eli Schwartz

The medical advice usually appears on seemingly reputable health websites or even homepages of local family doctors. Additionally, consumers are lulled into thinking the information must be correct because it appears high on Google. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Curiosity Didn't Kill My Cat - But Poverty Did

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Christian Chiakulas

My eighteen-month-old daughter loves cats, and that's all thanks to Inky. She calls them "kees" and her face lights up like a Christmas tree whenever she sees him. Which is why it pains me to say that we lost him, simply because we couldn't afford basic veterinary care. He was only three years old.

Don't Unbundle My Bundle!

Nurse Katz | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

All of your lab tests should have been included in a single comprehensive metabolic panel that costs approximately half of each individual test. Unfortunately, this seems to be happening more often as clinicians outsource their billing and reimbursement gets more complicated.

The Curse of the Rising Deductible

Nurse Katz | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

If your desire is to go to a certain facility because you have a great relationship with the staff and you trust the care you will be getting, go for it and work out a deal! It is not worth sacrificing your health, when the stress of fighting a bill and poor care will cost you more than that high deductible in the end.

21 Hacks to Reduce Your Health Care Costs This Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
GOBankingRates

By Beth Braverman, Contributor More than 43 percent of Americans recently polled by GOBankingRates said that they expected to pay more for health car...

10 Best and Worst States for Health Insurance Costs

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business
GOBankingRates

By Elyssa Kirkham, Finance Writer Health insurance costs are up for 2016. Monthly premiums for the most popular plans offered on Affordable Care Act ...

Cost of Medicines

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Unless the public is outraged and raises a voice with Congress, the pharmaceutical companies will continue to reap a profit at the cost of patients' pain -- both physical and financial.

I Only THOUGHT My Insurance Company Paid For Prescriptions

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

My health insurance company has decided that it will not cover the cost of a medication prescribed by my doctor. Here I was, thinking I had a bonafide medical condition that required actual treatment.

Health Insurance Costs Continue to Rise

MoneyTips | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
MoneyTips

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 07.06.2016 | 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 07.02.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 05.01.2016 | 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.