Hospitals and banks team up
This is such a bad idea, imho.
I just read about a new trend in hospitals. They are
to teaming up with local banks strong arm offer healthcare loans to patients in the emergency room or hospital.
I understand why it’s happening. Even patients with health insurance can have huge deductibles. Sometimes thousands of dollars. And with narrower hospital networks, more patients are ending up—not …
read on Even doctors have trouble—if they’re the patient
If you like reading books about medical mysteries and hospital disasters, then you’ll love
, by Dr. Rana Awdish. In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope
In short, Dr. Awdish, an ICU physician, ends up a patient in her own ICU. Her story is a beautifully written, but horrific, page-turner. We see her as a vulnerable …
read on Avoid the emergency room
Fridays, weekends and holidays are always bad times to get a doctor’s appointment, and many people end up in an emergency department. Which costs a lot of money, even for those with health insurance.
What can you do to decrease your chances of needing emergency care or other expensive healthcare over the holidays?
An emergency physician recently posted some
good tips on the healthcare blog KevinMD, … read on An ambulance ride is often a hidden (and costly) expense Kaiser Health News just published an article about patients being stuck with outrageously high bills for ambulance rides.
One patient got a $3,660 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one hospital that could not handle his case to another that could.
Several years ago when my husband ended up in an emergency room …
read on Cutting the waste
I’ve posted several times about the
campaign. Choosing Wisely , Developed by Consumer Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine Choosing Wisely hopes to educate both physicians and patients, and cut back or eliminate unnecessary medical tests, procedures and treatments.
Over-testing and over-treatment are estimated to cost about $200 billion every year. I think that’s a conservative figure, as the financial—not to mention emotional—consequences of too …
read on How rudeness affects your healthcare
I just read an article in the
New York Times by Perri Klass, MD: Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients.
Rudeness all around!
Dr. Klass, a pediatrician, refers to a recent study published in
a pediatric medical journal. The study looked at how rude or disparaging comments (by an actor playing the part of an infant’s mother) affect the performance of doctors and nurses.… read on “An American Sickness”
I love Elisabeth Rosenthal’s work.
She’s a medical journalist (an MD, but no longer practicing) who wrote
a few years ago. a brilliant series of articles on the high cost of healthcare for the New York Times
Now she has a book on the same topic. Because, of course, our healthcare system with its punishing costs for services, drugs and insurance has not improved. If anything, it’s …
read on A hospital puts profits over patient safety First do no harm.
That’s part of every medical school graduate’s oath. It should be the motto of anyone working in healthcare.
But I just read
in my local newspaper, the a disheartening piece of investigative journalism Seattle Times, about a hospital where I trained, worked, and received care. The story highlights how the perverse financial incentives in healthcare (do more, get … read on
I just finished reading a really gripping and emotional story—
by journalist Susannah Cahalan. (Soon to be a movie!) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
As a twenty-something cub reporter in New York, Ms. Cahalan began experiencing strange, seemingly unconnected symptoms, such as forgetfulness, paranoia and the sensation that bugs were crawling on one side of her body.
The details of her weeks’ long medical journey—which she had to …
read on 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 …