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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.

Affording Obamacare: New York's New Health Plan Rates

James R. Knickman | Posted 09.18.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

With open enrollment just two-and-a-half months away, plenty of work must still be done to educate New Yorkers about the Health Benefit Exchange and ensure that as many people as possible -- more than 1 million New Yorkers -- gain health care coverage.

Small Businesses To Cut Worker Hours Because Of Obamacare

Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 07.18.2013 | Small Business

Unease around Obamacare appears to be increasing among small business owners, according to a recent survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The c...

The Cost of Not Caring for People With Serious Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

When a health plan, especially with its own delivery system, as Kaiser has, carries the responsibility for a population of people, working or poor, young or old, healthy or sick, they can't pick and choose.

Rebranding 'Patients' as 'Health Care Consumers': Tread With Extreme Caution

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Those of us in favor of universal access to care argue that health care is not a commodity. Those who can't afford health care are priced out of it, and health care is no longer a public good, like public education and clean water.

The Democratization of Health Care: Advancing the Analog to Digital Medicine Evolution

Gary Puckrein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

Yes, government also has a vital role to manage the economy in a broad context; but it oversteps when it risks disrupting America's progress towards higher quality medicine and the improved health of the American people.

Does Medicare Eliminate Waste? Not With Popular Diabetes Drugs

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Rosenberg

"There can't be a medical reason that so many more patients on Medicare need brand name drugs compared to those than at the VA."

Limiting Access to Drive Down Health Care Costs? Yes and No!

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

A properly ordered and acquired imaging examination, with an accurate radiologist's interpretation combined with collaboration between the referring clinician's input regarding the history and physical examination, constitutes optimal patient care.

And Who Will Speak for Us?

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Isn't that what politics is supposed to be about, where people of opposing viewpoints can wrestle out their differences -- and find common grounds to work together?

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Katie Couric | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Katie Couric

More than 50,000 Americans are expected to die from colorectal cancer this year alone. We need to reduce that number by seeing that everyone who should be screened for colorectal cancer gets screened.

The Health Care Cost Curve -- It's Bending

Bob Semro | Posted 08.26.2013 | Denver
Bob Semro

If the cost of commodities had gone up at the same rate as health care since 1945, a dozen eggs would cost $55, a gallon of milk would be $40 and a dozen oranges would cost $134, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Brave and Crazy: Preventive Mastectomy and Insurance

Erin Havel | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

I don't know what choice I would personally make if I had this genetic predisposition. I can see both decisions as valid. I do however, have some questions about if I, as a non-celebrity, would have the same options Angelina Jolie and Melissa Etheridge had.

Good News For Obamacare

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- There's good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America's slowdown in medical costs may be turnin...

A Medical Education Must Include Teaching the Cost of Medicine

Nandita Mani & Elizabeth Oler | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani & Elizabeth Oler

Medical students are brilliantly frugal. We are a resourceful, smart, and cost-conscious group -- so why is the medical school curriculum practically silent on the cost of medicine?

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.

The State of Health Care by the Numbers: How 5 Percent of Americans Are Causing 50 Percent of Our Bills

Adam Bosworth | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Adam Bosworth

Until we face the music and change the current model to one that actually makes people pay more for reckless health behavior themselves rather than making others pay for them one they have to pay the piper, it is unclear to this writer that things will fundamentally turn around.

Addressing the More Immediate Cost Drivers in Medicare

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

If we're truly concerned about the costs taxpayers will bear in the future for Medicare, here's something to keep in mind. The highest rates of obesity are found among members of the baby boom generation.

Jeffrey Young

Time To Get Angry About Irrational Hospital Prices Again | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

Hospital prices for outpatient procedures like clinic visits, magnetic resonance imaging scans and ultrasounds vary greatly from facility to facility ...

Jeffrey Young

Big Percentage Of Families Struggle With Medical Bills, CDC Survey Reveals | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

More than 1 in 5 Americans under age 65 had problems paying medical bills in 2011, and the burden disproportionately fell on the poor, the uninsured a...

More Evidence Obamacare Could Improve Budget Woes

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

* Improved outlook could make Congress complacent * Social Security budget outlook largely unchanged * Disability insura...

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Prices Explained: How Charges For Medical Care Got So Crazy | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business

Why would Orange Park Medical Center in Florida charge $117,445 to place a stent into a patient's artery, while the Mayo Clinic half an hour away in J...

Putting a Price Tag on a Childhood Disease

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Alexander

Tens of thousands of premature babies were at great risk of acquiring a potentially deadly disease, all because of the actions of a committee of doctors who appeared motivated more by cost than by medicine.

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Bill Shocker: U.S. Releases Thousands Of Records Showing Huge, Wildly Differing Prices | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

When a patient arrives at Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey requiring treatment for the respiratory ailment known as COPD, or chronic obstructive ...

Doctor's Billing System Changes Health Care Landscape

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business

Dr. Robert Lamberts, a primary care physician in Martinez, Ga., has adopted a new system of billing patients, charging a monthly flat fee instead of t...

Will the Affordable Care Act be Affordable?

Adam Bosworth | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Adam Bosworth

One thing is for sure. If insurers have to insure you, regardless of your health habits and profile, and can't charge you more for poor health habits, they are going to charge more overall.