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The sinister effect of paying for medicine out-of-pocket

Cost-sharing is when patients pay some of their health care costs out of pocket. Can this be good...
WasteWater

Shut That Drip: Controlling Healthcare Waste

To make health care reasonably profitable for private payers and more affordable for patients,...
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Losing Critical Perspective in I.T. -- the Underrepresentation of Women

Where are women on the information highway where information technology (I.T.), health care...
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Does A Good Doctor Treat A Patient's Economic Aches and Pains?

Doctors are relatively uninformed about health care systems, outcomes research or health care...
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Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes, The “Million Hearts” Initiative

The “Million Hearts” initiative is worth keeping for its reach and cost-benefit. It is designed to...

Reform Issues

Jul 24, 2014
Paying healthcare practitioners fairly is the crux of healthcare payment reform.  Here is a brief...
Jul 23, 2014
A physician gets milked!  Consider what happened to me.... I broke my leg (a 4" fibula...
Jul 17, 2014
The Commonwealth Fund contends that: reforms physicians could champion to eliminate waste and...
Jul 17, 2014
Identifying potentially preventable readmissions obeys Willie Sutton's Law. But, will you put all...
Jul 14, 2014
Who's not anxious to improve health care's Cost/Quality/Access lest they be left out? Ans: anyone...

Evidence-Based Medicine

May 23, 2014
Lower Respiratory Tract Infections and Inappropriate Antibiotic Use Primum non nocere  The evidence...
May 22, 2014
The Best Available Evidence Does Not Dictate How Medicine is Practiced. In other words, the average...
Mar 6, 2014
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe\enough shadows for those who don't [...
Feb 27, 2014
You want the best health and well-being for yourself and loved ones, but vitamins and supplements,...
Jan 3, 2014
The future of health care seemed promising. We had great hopes in chart digitalization, and then...

Illness Care

Jun 18, 2014
Group B Strep, a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality since the 1970s: The Standard of...
Mar 28, 2014
A New York Times article portrays physicians' frustration stemming from having to deal with the...
Feb 20, 2014
Take care of yourself!  Know that muscle, the bones and the brain, as you might expect, weaken when...
Jan 23, 2014
The infant's head is enlarging, but the doctor observes that the fontanelles are not bulging, and...
Nov 26, 2013
It is crazy to deny terminal patients access to possibly life-saving drugs for fear of offending...

References

Sep 4, 2013
The cost of health care is already dear and rising exponentially while its "value" or the return on...
Nov 3, 2012
It seems insurers, doctors and medical corporations will do whatever it takes to maintain their...

Resources

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Can We Talk? - We welcome all appropriate comments and there's no obligation or solicitation.  It's easy to ask questions. (We will not, however,...

Resources

Dec 25, 2012
What new docs need to know and never learned in med school "10 Things Medical School Won't Tell You...
Mar 16, 2012
Coding systems that support clinical decision-making and 'measurement and management,' the modus...

Poll

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Preventive Care

Jul 17, 2014
Medical research has largely been focused on curative medicine–"medicine yielding better drugs,...
May 16, 2014
It's disheartening; the cure for the ills of U.S. health care lies within our grasp, yet it eludes...
Mar 17, 2014
With 20 years' experience screening for breast or prostate cancer, I say "uh-oh"! These cancers...
Mar 9, 2014
Obesity is a contributor to or a cause of chronic medical and/or surgical conditions including...
Mar 6, 2014
Weighing the effectiveness of drugs in managing obesity First, What is Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, (...