Different insurance companies negotiate different rates with different networks. Middlemen called pharmacy benefits managers (PBM) similarly control drug prices. Cash pricing is something else altogether.
So it made me laugh to listen to two physicians—who I think are stars in the conversation about REAL healthcare reform—banter about trying to order a meal at McDonald’s…
I’m all about high-value, evidence-based healthcare.
And because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (Think Pink? Think Twice!), I want to share this video by Andrew Lazris, MD, and Erik Rifkin, PhD. They use the visual of 1000 women sitting in a theater to illustrate why screening mammograms probably won’t save your life.
A picture (or video) is worth a thousand words, isn’t … read on
I just watched a video from Healthcare Triage, a YouTube series created by Aaron Carroll, MD. Dr. Carroll is both a pediatrician and a healthcare researcher; his goal is to educate patients about how the healthcare system works (or doesn’t) and answer questions about common health topics.
This video focuses on an unfortunate reality in our healthcare system—roughly half of common treatments aren’t based on good research.
I got caught in a very common healthcare trap, and it could have cost me over $200.
I went in for my “free” annual exam that health insurance plans must cover as part of Obamacare’s preventive health benefits.
Typically, these exams—also known as Adult Wellness Visits (AWV)—are opportunities for the physician to tick a lot of boxes about your health habits (smoking, drinking, sex, etc.) and schedule you for a … read on
I’ve posted before about Teladoc and the other telemedicine providers. In our highly-technical age, telemedicine, I think, fills a useful niche for providing quick, inexpensive care for minor ailments.
Last weekend I finally got a chance to use it myself to see how it worked.
On Friday I suspected I might be coming down with a UTI (bladder infection). I decided to drink a lot … read on
Our healthcare system is like an inverted pyramid.
Rather than having a strong base of primary care doctors—family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics—and a decreasing number of specialists, we have more and more specialists and a dwindling number of primary care docs.
Roughly two thirds of our doctors are specialists. And subspecialists. And sub-subspecialists.
Why is that a problem?
One, because specialists cost more money, which adds … read on