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Recasting the Medical Morality Play

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Many Americans have an unhelpful habit of viewing the health reform debate as a morality play where those who treat us -- usually doctors and hospital...

Choosing Wisely, Indeed

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Culture shifts with regard to medical practice come slowly, but having this collaborative style effort from thought leaders of reputable organizations underscores both the timeliness and urgency of these recommendations.

The U.S. Could Drastically Cut Health Care Costs With This One Move

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

* Study calls for national healthcare spending target * Group says plan could be "escape valve" in spending debate By Da...

Medicaid: A Stepping Stone, Not a Stigma

Mark A. Wallace | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Mark A. Wallace

It is imperative that everyone across the nation understand the purpose of Medicaid -- that it isn't for people who do not want to work or are simply looking for a handout. Medicaid is a safety net for everyone because we are all one medical crisis or catastrophic event away from financial ruin.

Bitter About the Burden

Cathie Beck | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

The pressure is on. Newly medically-uninsured, I must take a deep breath and dive into this project of figuring out what I'll do when the medical needs demand strike.

Medical Bills & Minors: What You Should Know | Posted 02.09.2013 | Health News

By Gerri Detweiler It's bad enough to owe medical debt you can't pay. But what if you're young and being hounded by collectors for medical bills that...

CFO Magazine Urges Fortune 500 Firms to Explore Cost Savings Via Alternative and Integrative Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The big money in complementary and integrative medicine fields and their preventive and health-promoting focus that CFO Magazine's McCann notes is not in churning services. It is in saving money by limiting services.

An Open Letter to My Health Insurance Company

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Dear CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, I just received your letter, announcing the 20 percent hike in my health insurance premiums, due no doubt to r...

What No One Tells You: The Shame

Cathie Beck | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

What I didn't see coming, what I did not expect, was how ashamed everyone is about their lack of health coverage. I've been caught off guard, these last weeks, when friends and acquaintances have cornered me and whispered of their own non-insured situations.

The $5 Doctor Can Hardly Pay His Nurses, But He Won't Raise His Fee

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.14.2012 | Money

The beloved 87-year-old doctor who charges his patients $5 per visit has said in a new interview that he can hardly pay his nurses with what he makes....

The Medical Debt Crisis Isn't Going Away... Deal With It | Posted 12.19.2012 | Money

As tens of millions of Americans are paying off medical bills over time, the potential for damaged credit is great. Many government agencies are beginning to take notice. Unfortunately, the consumer credit reporting industry is fighting efforts for consumer protection every step of the way.

Aging Candidates, Caring Voters

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

While neither candidate will really need to worry about aging independently and with dignity, considering their means and stature, they should both be concerned with the fact that millions of Americans are not as lucky.

Medical Evacuation Coverage Can Be A Life Saver

George Hobica | Posted 12.13.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

"It has amounted to over $50,000, depleting all of my savings, and most of my retirement," says Mikell.

Our 5-Hour, $10,000 Visit to the ER

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

It's easy, when you have a degree of financial security, to have a real disconnect from the financial challenges that so many Americans face today. Yet our ER experience brought those challenges into sharp relief for me, and the impression wasn't pleasant.

Romney's Health Care Plan Costs More, Covers Fewer People

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

Mitt Romney's health care plan would cost families more and cover fewer people than Obamacare, according to a pair of recent studies. The health pl...

Families Will Pay Nearly DOUBLE For Health Insurance Under Romney

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.28.2012 | Business

With the news this week that there’s been net job growth during President Obama’s term, Mitt Romney lost one of his favorite critiques of the pres...

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

John Weeks | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Herman is right that it's time to shift the dialogue from roundhouse dismissal of potential cost-saving contributions from what she and the authors call "CIM" treatments and providers. The evidence is there for proactive exploration of potential cost savings.

The Truth About Health Care Costs

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, all Americans can agree that our health care costs are unsustainable -- and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better. A new report from the Institute of Medicine reveals the truth about the way our health care dollars are spent.

Rather Not Go Bankrupt When You Get Sick? Another Reason to Support Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Politicians who are promising to repeal Obamacare won't find any evidence in the Kaiser Family Foundation's analysis of health insurance costs that the law has caused premiums to skyrocket, as many of those politicians have contended.

Life, Interrupted: Medical Bills, Insurance And Uncertainty

The New York Times | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money

Like a lot of other young people, I never thought about health insurance until I got sick. I was 22, and my adult life was just beginning. But less th...

What Happens When You Can't Pay Your Medical Bills

Jason Alderman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

It's no secret that health care costs have been spiraling out of control for years. To fight back, your best bet is to be a well-informed consumer.

Doctors: U.K. Hospitals Expediting Deaths To Reduce Hospital Costs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.10.2012 | Business

The U.K.'s "death pathway" may be a little too deadly. That's the allegation of six doctors in the U.K. who claim that the country has gone too far...

From Entitled To Entitlements: My Journey From The Middle Class, Through AIDS, To A Place I Never Imagined

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
John-Manuel Andriote

It's sick and twisted that I feel I'm supposed to be "grateful" that I qualify for an insurance program intended for poor people. It's bizarre that having HIV allows me to get my medications free while millions of other Americans have to choose between their medications and, say, food.

Is it Rationing? Cancer Screening and Clinical Uncertainty

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The dilemma for PSA screening and many other tests and treatments is that there's no science-based way to know whether holding back constitutes "rationing" for particular patients.

Medical Price Transparency Could Save the U.S. $36 Billion Annually

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

A white paper from Thomson Reuters reports on their study of what "price transparency" would mean to overall health care expenditures in the U.S. on an annual basis.