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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...
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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...
healthcare

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 14, 2017
Technology and automation are facilitating healthcare reform.  Meaningful communication is required...
Jul 14, 2017
We are now having an unprecedented opportunity for change, but Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD [The RAND...
Jul 14, 2017
The strategic agenda for real reform lies in creating a value-based health care delivery system. As...
Jul 11, 2017
Recognized as one of their “Top 9 Most Talked About Blogs of 2016,” see: “Who is ruining the...
Jul 11, 2017
The main tension about healthcare centers around medical need, quality, access and cost-efficiency...

Evidence-Based Medicine

Apr 5, 2017
Achieving patient-centered care is difficult, but essential; since paternalism is out, the patient...
Jan 4, 2017
The Best Available Evidence Does Not Dictate How Medicine is Practiced. In other words, the average...
Dec 29, 2016
2/5 of the population has one or more chronic conditions that, collectively, consumes 3/4 of all...
Dec 21, 2016
Are we prepared to care for people with chronic or complex conditions like those with comorbidities...
Sep 12, 2016
It is unclear in the U.S. if Cost Effectiveness Research (CER) studies are compelling enough to...

Illness Care

Mar 13, 2017
It's schadenfreude (enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others).  That's where I find myself as...
Sep 23, 2016
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is Now, "Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) "The criteria for...
Jan 9, 2016
It is crazy to deny terminal patients access to possibly life-saving drugs for fear of offending...
Nov 3, 2015
It's often difficult to maintain a good appetitie and nutritional status when fighting cancer. Here...
Nov 3, 2015
The use of a bulb syringe at home may help relieve earwax blockage more effectively than a...

References

Jul 15, 2017
The cost of health care is already dear and rising exponentially while its "value" or the return on...
Feb 27, 2017
The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country that does not ensure that all of its...

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

Aug 29, 2016
Coding systems that support clinical decision-making, 'measurement and management,' communication,...
Mar 11, 2016
What new docs need to know and never learned in medical or osteopathic school Harvard Medical...

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Preventive Care

Apr 20, 2017
Six Cardinal Rules when attempting to lose weight and/or reduce the risk of heart and other...
Mar 27, 2017
About 40% of cancers could be prevented were people to stop smoking and overeating, limit alcohol...
Nov 3, 2016
Cancer; Just who invited you? Many cases of cancer are just caused by "bad luck" as two scientists...
May 26, 2016
Curative, Preventive and Now Precision Medicine Will Consider Individual Variability Medical...
Mar 11, 2016
When it comes to health, the better-informed patient does better—Duh! What is a patient to do to...