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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

Mar 20, 2015
A payer judges a physician or a practice organization by the proportion of patients for which the...
Mar 16, 2015
$600-$850 billion/yr in the U.S. is spent on low value or inappropriate services       Importance...
Mar 12, 2015
Improving doctors' quality, effectiveness and cost-benefit requires meaningful communication at all...
Mar 10, 2015
Much of the work on health disparities and inequities in access focuses on comparisons between the...
Mar 10, 2015
The editorial, "If Reform Fails," says the status quo of health care reform is immoral, impractical...

Evidence-Based Medicine

Mar 18, 2015
Warning: high doses of vitamin D isn't necessary and might possibly be harmful. It's time to...
Feb 25, 2015
Delayed presentation of self-discovered breast symptoms influences stage of cancer at diagnosis and...
Jan 21, 2015
The common retort when confronted with the escalating cost of care and unexplained variation is: "...
Jan 4, 2015
Belly pains sufferers might later be diagnosed with anxiety or depression.  It might surprise you...
Dec 8, 2014
Achieving patient-centered care is difficult, yet essential; since paternalism is out, the patient...

Illness Care

Mar 26, 2015
Speaking to the emotional, plus overt/hidden financial costs, cancer's the 2nd most expensive ...
Mar 18, 2015
Was newscaster, Tim Russert’s sudden death at age 58 from a heart attack preventable? After all, he...
Mar 13, 2015
9 of 10 persons who have pre-diabetes are not aware it is causing damage. Thus, the "Centers for...
Mar 10, 2015
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[1] Is Now Called–"Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID[4]) "The...
Feb 13, 2015
In poorly controlled asthma or COPD in children or adults, what works best? Ans: Long-acting beta...

References

Mar 5, 2015
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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Resources

Mar 19, 2015
Coding systems that support clinical decision-making, 'measurement and management,' communication,...
Mar 5, 2015
What new docs need to know and never learned in medical or osteopathic school "10 Things Medical...

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Preventive Care

Mar 17, 2015
Six Cardinal Rules when attempting to lose weight and/or reduce the risk of heart and other...
Mar 12, 2015
  Cancer; Who invited you? Many cases of cancer are just caused by "bad luck" as two scientists "...
Mar 4, 2015
Measles is back and people will be getting ill, harmed or worse because someone is refusing ...
Feb 4, 2015
Curative, Preventive and Now Precision Medicine Will Consider Individual Variability Medical...
Feb 2, 2015
About 40% of cancers could be prevented were people to stop smoking and overeating, limit alcohol...