I recently found out about an intriguing non-profit—
. RIP Medical Debt
I’ve posted many times about the high cost of healthcare, even for those of us with health insurance. Medical debt is still a leading cause of personal bankruptcies in this country.
What if those debts could just disappear?
For a lucky few, they can.
RIP Medical Debt, Inc., was founded in mid-2014 by two former
I love finding websites that provide people with evidence-based health care guidance that is also easy to understand.
Like the law, medicine is full of jargon and tortured language that can leave the most intelligent patient confused about risks and benefits.
Clear communication is especially necessary when talking about prescription medications.
I just ran across a new website called
which was started with the goal of providing easy-to-use … Informulary, read on I like playing the brain games of online and on my phone. Lumosity
I like puzzles and words games in general, and Lumosity offers a fun and convenient way to play and keep track of my improvement in a variety of challenges.
I’ve never paid the costly $15 a month subscription, because I’ve never bought into the idea that playing these “brain games”—Lumosity calls it “brain training”—by themselves is enough …
read on I’m not a gadget person, and I don’t embrace the “quantified self” movement, which seeks to keep track of everything measurable about the human body—weight, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, calories consumed, miles walked, jogged, biked, etc.
But ever since I wrote the post
I’ve been more committed to racking up 10,000 steps every day. Why sitting is bad for your health
the 10,000 steps a … read on
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 …
read on Last month on her Facebook page with the following message: a nurse posted this selfie … “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 read on
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 …