Newsworthy Medical Articles
“We need to move the system from underwriting risk to managing populations," said Aetna CEO, Chairman and President Mark Bertolini. Health care's unaffordable, worse its cost is incomprehensible. See the TIME magazine special report (38 pages), Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us by Steven Brill where he deftly drills down the costs (or rather the "charges") for care. This report will make your blood boil! Also, his 3min video there. Will the ACA fix the problems? Well, it's a start, but....
The U.S. Medicare's financial health is in dour straits. Worse, it can no longer keep up with the demand spiral, especially as the population ages and pension benefits skimp on health care coverage. "Some would replace it with vouchers that seniors could use to purchase private coverage. Others suggest upending the current payment system by inverting volume-based incentives, offering instead profits to organizations that limit utilization." Experience has amply proven that these suggestions are Draconian, but not remedial.
Is drug therapy an or the answer in ADD/ADHD? Some would say to medicate is a remedy for kids or adults whose minds wander. I’d say it is also part of the problem. Medications cannot treat everything and worse, it does not replace making the learning material relevant or the teaching method effective. Often, it's quite the opposite in fact--'Give him medicine and then we can on with the boring subject matter.'
"We are not an overweight-obese nation just because we drink sugary beverages. We are obese and overweight from self-medicating with sugar, starch, alcohol, tobacco and other forms of serotonin increasing, anxiety decreasing substances because we live in a psychological culture that deprives us of essential social nutrients such as respect, dignity, being listened to and valued as human beings." Donadio G.[the author of "Changing Behavior."] ”Banning Supersize Sodas Isn’t the Answer."
What is a Severe Allergic Reaction or Anaphylactic Shock? Is there any trouble breathing, dizziness, tongue swelling, mental confusion, generalized hives?
Where are women on the health care information highway where four critical crossroads must intersect: information technology (I.T.) including health care informatics, total quality management to the objective of better patient outcomes, restoring equity in access and always enhancing value (the cost vs. quality debate)? In my opinion, these questions represent the infrastructure of, for lack of a better term, "managed care." What to we lose without the perspective of women? Will we be less able to protect the ethics of medical business practices?
This message is about human interaction; it is vitally important to both women and men... The following has been going around the net and it was directed to my attention a number of times, recently. Unfortunately, I am unable to identify/confirm its source, but it is essential advice.