One of the premises of Obamacare was that if patients were expected to pay more towards their health care—have more “skin in the game”—they would shop around for the best prices and spend less.
I posted about how difficult, if not impossible, it is for patients to shop for health care. Prices are not as transparent as some policy makers would like to think.
… Related post: Researching health read on
Here we go again!
Every May, health insurance companies file their requests for premium increases for next year’s plans.
I’ve been watching my state’s website for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Rate increases for all health plans—group, small business, and individual (both on and off the health exchange)—are posted for public review and comment.
The insurance commissioner has until late summer to either approve, disapprove or modify the increase. …
Stories like this make me so angry:
Cancer Charities Called $187 Million “Sham”
A group of family members whose charities claimed to be raising millions of dollars for cancer victims bilked donors to the tune of $187 million over five years, spending some of that money on fancy cars and trips for themselves and their friends, according to a civil suit.
The alleged fraud, which would be one of the
read on There is a new book I can’t wait to read: The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins.
The author wrote
a preview of the book for Politico this week.
If you want to know what’s really happening in a medical building, don’t ask a doctor. Instead, turn to the best-informed, hardest-working and savviest professionals in health care: Nurses.
A friend of mine who is an avid reader of both
The New Yorker and my blog sent me the following link: Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
The author is Atul Gawande, MD, one of my favorite surgeon/writers. It’s a long article, but if you are interested in saving money on your health care (and possibly …
I just received an email from my insurance company, Premera Blue Cross.
Dear subscriber, talk to a real doctor anytime, anywhere!
Set up your account with Teladoc.
And get medical care anytime, anywhere for $40 or less.
You and your eligible dependents can now get care from U.S. board-certified doctors and pediatricians by phone or online video with Teladoc®.
real doctor? I’m not sure why they felt it necessary … read on
I ran into an old acquaintance a few days ago. As we got caught up, he asked “Do you remember Michael?”
“Yes,” I replied. “But I haven’t seen him in years. How is he?”
“Wow, what happened?” I inquired. Michael was relatively young, in his forties. I thought perhaps an accident or a heart attack or cancer.
“Chaparral poisoning. It destroyed his liver.” Huh.
I had never heard …
Are you tired of flipping through magazines and seeing three-page ads for prescription drugs? Or listening to a commercial that fast talks through a seemingly endless list of side effects and dangers?
Well, if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its way, you will see a change in
how pharmaceutical companies are allowed to advertise their products.
Marketing drugs is a big business. In 2013,
BigPharma’s Top 10 … read on
A report published last week detailed
how much Medicare spends on prescription medications.
In 2013, Medicare spent $103 billion on drugs. (I’m guessing the total will be more in 2014 and 2015, when they get around to publishing that data.)
Federal officials said they hoped that disseminating the data would lead to new revelations about the prescribing patterns of doctors and for particular drugs.
Dan Mendelson, the CEO of
Recently, a group of physicians wrote a letter to Columbia University asking that
its celebrity doctor, Mehmet Oz, be removed from the faculty. The doctors cited Dr. Oz’s “egregious lack of integrity” and marketing of “quack treatments.”
I’ve written several posts blasting Dr. Oz and
his slick promotion of “miracles”—most often pricey dietary supplements, for which there is little or no evidence that they work.