I couldn’t help but laugh when I ran across this video from
Costs of Care : What if Your Hotel Bill Was Like a Hospital Bill?
I swear I recently had a very similar conversation with a health insurance company regarding the cost of a new wheelchair for my elderly aunt!
Although insurance covered the bulk of the cost (well over $5,000) my aunt still …
read on January 2017: Important update on Diclegis! of Diclegis, or at least raising concerns about the quality of the research behind its FDA approval. A medical journal recently published a paper questioning the safety
Although the components of Diclegis can be easily purchased over the counter, as my post shows, it’s very important that ANY drugs taken during pregnancy be OK’ed by your obstetrician first. FN
I don’t usually pay much …
I don’t think using Google to self diagnose is a good idea, it can give patients access to a lot of helpful, practical information about medical conditions, treatments, drugs and alternative therapies.
Google can help generate a list of questions to bring to the physician or surgeon so patients can be as informed as possible when selecting a treatment modality.
The problem, of course, is there is usually too …
Earlier this year, a new online health care cost checking tool became available:
It joins a couple other online tools that are meant to increase price transparency and help patients figure out how much a test or procedure will cost before getting the bill.
But do Guroo or the others really help?
If you’re uninsured or have a really high deductible, it’s nice …
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 Last month a nurse posted this selfie on her Facebook page with the following message: If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like. Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent
I just read this post on the popular medical blog,
KevinMD: How do patients really feel about doctors? Google shares their secrets. While Google’s autocomplete can be quite convenient, albeit creepy, it can also be pretty mean. I decided to see how Google’s autocomplete felt about various medical specialties. Apparently a lot of specialties are stupid and useless.
The author shares the following examples:
Well, I was …
Crowdfunding, done through internet companies such as
Indiegogo and Kickstarter, has been popular for some time. It’s a simple idea: You post your project or fundraising goal on their websites and hope enough people are interested to make a donation. You can also offer incentives to increase your donors’ generosity.
It seems the same concept has come to health care. I read about an interesting new internet start-up company …
read on Lots of data, but not user friendly
Have you ever wondered if your physician receives a substantial amount of money from a pharmaceutical or medical device company?
Is your physician’s decision to write you a prescription for the newest brand-name drug, or replace your knee with a state-of-the-art joint, based on corporate influences?
Conflicts of interest run rampant in health care, and it would be nice to know, wouldn’t … read on Use it or lose it
There are several pieces of advice for helping prevent or delay age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Don’t smoke Eat healthy, heart-friendly foods Exercise Socialize Challenge your brain
Keeping your brain active and fit can be especially fun and rewarding, as it usually involves learning something new. Examples of good brain-stretchers are:
Learning a foreign language Learning to play an instrument Learning to dance, especially a complicated