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Too Poor for Health Care, Too Rich for Medicaid

Dori Hartley | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Dori Hartley

"Health care, bitches!" That's what I remember seeing on my Facebook news feed around two years ago when it was finally announced that, at some point...

Show Us the Costs Please!

Barry Boyd, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Barry Boyd, M.D.

If physicians were aware of the cost each time they "click" a test in an order, they would have a opportunity to reflect on whether that cost is justified by need. Without cost transparency, there can be no discussion with a patient about the cost of care, therein making them part of the decision.

Decline in Cost of Health Care in America

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

A slower growth of health care cost would mean less burden on the individual family, freeing that family to invest in and live a higher quality of life. And for communities it would free billions of dollars for education, businesses, job creation, and future innovation.

I Want to Stop Living When I Stop Living

David Mager | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Mager

On my 80th birthday I am going to put on a metal wrist band etched with the following words, "Medical Alert -- Do not intubate, ventilate or resuscitate," with a website linked to copies of my living will. Don't waste money on me to keep me alive past my due date.

Jeffrey Young

High Health Costs Excluded Millions Of Americans Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business

More than 40 percent of U.S. residents went without health insurance or had coverage that didn't protect them against high medical costs last year, su...

Heart Health Costs Set To Reach Unbelievable New Heights

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty

* Heart failure costs to more than double by 2030 * Number of those with ailment to rise to 8 mln from 5 mln * Heart gro...

Pentagon Struggles With High Cost Of Health Care

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitle...

Time for a Bit of Common Sense

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

If Americans are out of shape due to poor exercise, too much sugar, too much salt, etc., can the outcomes be expected to be stellar? To what degree can we hold the physicians, surgeons and hospitals responsible for reported longer length of hospital stays and poor outcomes?

Health Care Is the Diabetes of Our GDP

Dr. Jordan Shlain | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jordan Shlain

If you haven't been paying close attention, "patient engagement" is a white-hot topic in health care these days. It wasn't sexy five years ago.

Plenty O' Pain to Go Around

Cathie Beck | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

Last August, I told Kaiser Permanente to permanently kiss my backside when they escalated my premiums from $400 a month to nearly $1,200 a month in a few short years simply because they could. I am today in pain and without medical insurance, which psychologically hurts.

10 Top Health Care Destinations for 2012

Josef Woodman | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Josef Woodman

There's now plenty of global choice: At the close of 2012, more than 350 international hospitals have been awarded JCI accreditation, offering nearly any type of medical procedure to patients seeking access to lower-priced medical care without compromising quality.

Choosing Wellness: Transparency in Health Care

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

Today, consumers must take an active role in their own health care and choose providers and hospitals who consistently deliver high-quality and high-value care. It's critical if we want to rein in spiraling costs and enhance care.

Can't Afford Health Care? You're Not Alone

Posted 12.20.2012 | Healthy Living

Over the last year, nearly one in three Americans have forgone medical care due to costs, according to a new report from Gallup. The percentage --...

Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2012

John Weeks | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Present action and policy are laying infrastructure that will inform and embolden participants into the future. Here are the Top 10 for policy and action in integrative medicine and health for 2012.

The Exorbitant Cost of Dying

Paul Raeburn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Raeburn

Krieger reports that feeding tubes can help some patients initially, but they can also keep them alive long past the time that they would have died.

He Was Charged Not Going To The Doctor

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

Have you been putting off going to the doctor? Apparently, now there’s a fee for that. Doug Rischbieter of Arnold, Calif., made an appointment wi...

Doctors Can Eliminate Waste From Health Care

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

There is another less-talked-about reason for unnecessary services. One person's waste is another person's income. Another cardiac catherization, another back surgery means more income for doctors, hospitals and the health care system and its archaic administrative services.

It's the Health Care, Stupid: As Our Health Goes, So Does Our Economic Recovery

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Debating how best to stimulate the economy has been anointed as the de facto topic of importance heading into our upcoming election, but let's not forget that the health of Wall Street and Main Street is inextricably linked to the health of our citizens.

The Shocking Amount Seniors Spent On Health Care

Posted 09.06.2012 | Fifty

Even with Medicare, seniors face incredible strain under health care costs, according to a new report. The report, which appears in the Journal of...

INFOGRAPHIC: How Health Care Costs Are Pinching Your Pocketbook

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Increases in health insurance premiums have outpaced growth in worker earnings and inflation. Average health insurance premiums paid by employers and...

How Would You Like Your Rationing -- Rational, or Irrational?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Several years after making headlines for its health care reform, Massachusetts is back in the news, this time for passing legislation that aims to impose a cap on overall health care spending. That ambition implies, even if it doesn't quite manage to say, a very provocative word: rationing.

Why It Stinks To Be An American Woman

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 07.19.2012 | Money

Among advanced countries, the United States may be one of the worst places to live when it comes to health care, especially if you're a woman. Of A...

Health Care Costs Easing Up, For Now

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it too good to be true? Health care spending has eased up recently, bringing a welcome respite for government an...

US Health Care Reform, As Seen From the Trenches (Part 2 of a 6 Part Series)

S.I. Adam, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
S.I. Adam, M.D.

Medical-legal reform received only lip-service during the Federal health care legislative process in the spring of 2010 -- drastically disregarded as fundamental contributors to high health care costs.

Health Care Reform Will Cost More, Cover More: Health And Human Services Department

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: Mo...