Obamacare kicks catastrophic plans to the curb
I read on
that when Kaiser Health News this morning
ehealthinsurance.com began notifying people in non-grandfathered [catastrophic] plans that they would have to change policies next January, they got so many calls that they shut down the planned week-long email campaign after one day.
“The people that received the email were not happy at all,” says Carrie McLean, the website’s director of customer
As someone who advocates for
less medical care, I’m always thrilled to see physicians and others in the health care industry step forward to protest over-testing, over-screening, over-diagnosing, over-treating and over-charging.
Here are some of my favorite health care blog posts and news articles from the last week.
Dr. Lamberts is embracing the newest trend in primary care: the direct-pay model. He does not …
read on Shining a light on the physician-Big Pharma relationship One of the little-known laws buried in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which takes effect today.
I understand the impetus of this law, but I am less sure of its positive effect.
The Sunshine Act (the drafters no doubt had a mental image of exposing something slimy to the light) seeks to illuminate the financial …
read on Physicians have a role in lowering health care costs
The Mayo Clinic has been busy this month.
Last week researchers published a report in the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) titled “Views of US Physicians About Controlling Health Care Costs.”
Also last week,
Mayo Clinic Proceedings published its conclusion that nearly 40% of current medical practices are of no net benefit and needlessly contribute to high health care … read on Dental health is important, isn’t it?
Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all insurance plans cover
“essential health benefits,” including vision and dental benefits for children.
Obviously pediatric eye and dental health are important to the crafters of the ACA; but what about adults? We have eyes and teeth, too!
Even though many preventive services, such as annual exams, mammograms, and even
breast pumps are covered, … read on How much does good health cost? Apparently less than we are spending…
Once again, a study has shown that
although Americans far outspend other countries on health care, our health is poor in comparison.
The healthiest citizens, no surprise, are in the wealthier cities and states, and vice versa. And it’s not because they can afford better health insurance. Other studies have linked education and income level to better …
read on That’s a good question!
H. Gilbert Welch, MD, the author of
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Times in which he wonders at what point will the high costs—and profits—of medical care in America be considered “a crime”?
Medical care is intended to help people, not enrich providers. But the way prices are rising, it’s beginning to look
read on Baby boomers get another screening test
I was annoyed when the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced last week that baby boomers, those born between 1945 and 1965 (myself included), should be
tested for the liver infection hepatitis C (HCV) regardless of risk factors.
I think my age group is already subjected to too many screening tests of questionable value.
Related reading: Check and check again
Just last …
read on Last week the American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease, as opposed to just a symptom of an unhealthy lifestyle or sluggish metabolism.
Obesity is a huge (no pun intended) problem in the US;
over 60% of adults and 30% of children are considered overweight or obese. Proponents of the decision argue that accepting obesity as a disease will focus more attention on the problem … read on The HPV vaccine works Positive news was reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases: Since vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV) was introduced in 2006, the rate of HPV infection has dropped by 56%.
The study looked at infection rates in girls age 14 to 19. HPV can lead to cervical cancer or throat cancer later in life, but only about 30% of teen girls and boys are being …