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Dude, you’re getting a raise! (If health care costs can be contained) by David W. Patient Expert Posted Thu 03 May 2012 1:48pm Employees grumble every year when their employers make them pay more toward their health insurance costs and/or increase co-pays and deductibles. But most of the time employers absorb the bulk of the financial hit and only pass along a fraction of the overall increase. One result has been a stagnation in real wages, as a higher and higher perce ... Read on »
Cost containment in health care: Patient attitudes toward overdiagnosis give me hope by David W. Patient Expert Posted Tue 22 Oct 2013 5:28pm False positives from cancer screening tests cause unwarranted stress to patients, drive up health care costs, and can result in physical harm from invasive follow-up or needless treatment. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, as described on Auntminnie ( Doctors are not informing patients of overdiagnosis risk ), gives me hope that attempts t ... Read on »
Transparency In Healthcare by NPs Save Lives Nurse PractitionerHealth Maven Posted Tue 18 May 2010 6:21pm American Sentinel University “Careers in Healthcare” Article Series (Part 7) By: Betty Nelson, PhD, RN Careers in Healthcare:  The Buzz about Transparency Transparency is a popular word these days, and it’s fast becoming an expected feature at all levels of healthcare. Transparency requires a clear and accepted understanding of a ... Read on »
Historical Perspectives on Health Policy: Part 3 by Michael D. Miller Medical Doctor Posted Fri 04 Dec 2009 1:03pm I just found my copy of the book “Improving Health Policy and Management” edited by Stephen Shortell and Uwe Reinhardt.  The book’s eleven chapters address many of the hot-button issues in today’s health reform debate: Creating and Executing Health Policy Minimum Health Insurance Benefits Caring for the Disabled Elderly An O ... Read on »
Man Dropped from State Health Insurance in Arizona In the Middle of His Cancer Treatment As His Wife Found A Job by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 05 Oct 2012 2:24am This is a sad story and the man’s wife was at home taking care of him and when he was stable she was able to go back out and get a job and the thanks for that, no more cancer treatments.  The article says she’s earning $13.50 an hour so we are not talking a job with huge income.  They have five kids.  Now what incentive is this?  So now becaus ... Read on »
13 Things Your Health Insurer Doesn't Want You To Know by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted Wed 07 Jan 2009 6:53pm Excerpts from Insure.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Do you ever feel that when it comes to your health plan the deck is stacked against you? That's because there are many things your health insurer doesn't want you to know. Here are just 13 of them. 1. It is sometimes cheaper to let you die rather than to treat you for a serious condition. ... Read on »
Profits are up at Massachusetts health plans –should you be upset? by David W. Patient Expert Posted Fri 02 Mar 2012 10:42am Major Massachusetts health insurers all reported higher net income for 2011 than for 2010. The Boston Globe makes the profit numbers sound big, calling them “sharply higher” and reporting that executives collected more pay. And indeed, the profits seem large on an absolute basis: $38.5M for Fallon, $87.6M for Tufts, $93.5M for Harvard Pilgrim ... Read on »
With health care restraining costs, can higher education be far behind? by David W. Patient Expert Posted Wed 16 May 2012 10:21pm Health care cost containment is no longer a fantasy. While health expenditures have increased much faster than GDP for many years a combination of factors is likely to bring that trend to an end: hard economic times, cost shifting to patients, and increased consumer understanding that more care isn’t always better. The one major sector of t ... Read on »
NEUPRO IS COMING TO THE US of A IN JULY 2012!!! by Sherri W. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 04 Apr 2012 1:28pm NEUPRO IS BACK!!! Call if fate.  Call it luck.  Call if an answer to prayer…  Neupro, the long-awaited medicinal patch recalled several years ago for treatment in PD is scheduled for re-release in the US this coming July.  Talk to your physician about it and until then…   READ BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM UCB, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: ... Read on »
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer-Rootin’ Tootin’ IT Illiteracy Riding High Lacking Digital Literacy With Budget Algorithm by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 15 Dec 2010 3:09pm Here we go once more with the inability to come to the conclusion and reality of how technology and it’s use is impacting our daily lives.  I write about this all the time and how it created unintended consequences and some of them are to the point to where they are the next OMG stories in the news and we have not had a shortage in this departm ... Read on »