is a satirical YouTube video series created by a real-life physician, Dr. Waqas Khan, to highlight problems within our broken healthcare system. Healthcare Not Fair
Their latest video takes a stab at electronic health records, EHR—or, as they call it,
Electronic Hell Records! Other videos by Healthcare Not Fair:
I just saw my primary care physician a few …
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Many years ago I had a primary care doctor who used to perform a total body skin examination (TBSE) on me every year as part of my annual exam.
Of course, those all-inclusive physicals are a thing of the past. I haven’t had a physician perform a TBSE for a long time.
I often wondered about that. A TBSE seems like a relatively easy and harmless way to …
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the online news site
Vox recently sought to open Americans’ eyes as to how much more we pay for healthcare compared to other countries. America’s healthcare prices are out of control. These 11 charts prove it.
I can’t copy their charts, but basically they are bar graphs. The bar that shows how much patients in the US pay for similar …
read on Up, up and away!
Does anyone’s income go up as fast as their health insurance premium? I wish.
11.6%. That’s how much more my current health insurance provider wants to charge for my bronze high-deductible health plan in 2017.
And although 11.6% seems like a lot to me, another company in my state is requesting a 19.9% average increase on all its plans, with a 28% increase on its gold …
read on Knowledge is king
That’s the take home message from Professor (of pharmacy) James McCormack’s
latest parody video, which takes a whack at healthcare’s increasingly pervasive and rigid medical guidelines. , End of the Line
If followed to the letter, these guidelines (often based on research funded by drug companies) would have everyone diagnosed with a disease and taking one or more medications. Medical guidelines …
Just yesterday I posted about the
United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the fine line they walk between providing evidence-based recommendations for screening tests and making medical specialist groups happy.
Sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
The task force recently gave an
“I” grade to vision screening in patients over 65. An I grade, or Insufficient evidence, means that the task force can’t definitively say that the benefits of … read on
Not in my humble opinion.
I just read about this idea proposed by health financing researchers out of MIT and Harvard:
. Financing health care with consumer loans
They begin their article with what we all know—health care, specifically prescription drugs in this case, costs too much.
We propose a practical way to increase drug affordability through health care loans (HCLs)—the equivalent of mortgages for large health care expenses. HCLs
Last November, with much media coverage, several members of Congress announced the formation of
The Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, promising to “take action to combat the skyrocketing costs of pharmaceuticals.”
Finally! I thought.
Related post: Prices continue to increase for generics
But I haven’t heard much since then.
There was a little noise earlier this month when the House Oversight Committee (of which the task force is a …
We’ve all heard the phrase “cancer kills.”
But guess what? So can the high cost of treatment.
I just read about
a study that came out of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center here in Seattle.
The results won’t surprise anyone familiar with
how much cancer treatment costs (a lot!), but researchers found:
…cancer patients who go bankrupt are nearly 80 percent more likely to die than patients who don’t,
November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
It’s hard to find anyone who isn’t aware of—and scared of—dementia**. Or who hasn’t had a family member or friend stricken by it.
Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that damages not only the individual, but family and friends, as well, especially the primary care giver—most often the spouse.
Adding insult to injury is the incredible cost of getting help. A
recent study published in … read on