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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

Sep 21, 2014
Is it the patient's fault when they end up getting needed care out-of-network, i.e., from...
Sep 17, 2014
Who's not anxious to improve health care's Cost/Quality/Access lest they be left out? Ans: anyone...
Sep 16, 2014
The "areas in which the proper reform measures could generate savings that could pay for universal...
Sep 1, 2014
Your health plan or doctor's office seems to see your heart attack, broken leg or laceration...
Aug 23, 2014
"I don't understand why health care and insurance companies keep appearing in the same sentences...

Evidence-Based Medicine

Sep 16, 2014
Lower Respiratory Tract Infections and Inappropriate Antibiotic Use Primum non nocere  The evidence...
Aug 18, 2014
2/5 of the population has one or more chronic conditions that, collectively, consumes 3/4 of all...
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,...

Illness Care

Aug 22, 2014
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) From the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and...
Aug 6, 2014
In kids, an English study reveals that using an insulin infusion for tight control of hyperglycemia...
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...

References

Sep 14, 2014
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

Sep 18, 2014
Coding systems that support clinical decision-making and 'measurement and management,' the modus...
Dec 25, 2012
What new docs need to know and never learned in med school "10 Things Medical School Won't Tell You...

Poll

What keeps reform from being fully implemented?

Preventive Care

Sep 16, 2014
It's disheartening; the cure for the ills of U.S. health care lies within our grasp, yet it eludes...
Aug 10, 2014
When it comes to health, the better-informed patient does better—Duh! What is a patient to do to...
Jul 17, 2014
Medical research has largely been focused on curative medicine–"medicine yielding better drugs,...
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...