My husband asked me the other day, “What’s Non-24?”
“Never heard of it,” I answered. “Why?”
“Oh, I just heard a commercial on the radio. Whatever it is, I think there’s a drug for it now.” He knows I like to keep track of all the new drugs being marketed to an unsuspecting public.
Interesting, I thought. I know the pharmaceutical industry’s trick of developing a drug for a …
read on If Pajama Boy can’t sell health insurance, who can?
Despite ads with
Pajama Boy, keggers and casual hook-ups (really?), the 18 to 35 crowd apparently isn’t rushing to buy health insurance.
Creepy Uncle Sam is scaring them away. Or the lame technology. Related news: Jimmy Kimmel Savages ObamaCare and Uninformed Young People Who Support It Whatever the reason, this week it’s been reported that only about 25% … read on For most, multivitamins are a waste of money
I’m always trying to do two things:
Save my money Be healthy
It’s not easy when everything about health care costs so much.
So I really don’t want to throw money away on expensive drugstore products that are poorly regulated (if at all) by the FDA, and whose benefits are not supported by the latest scientific research.
… Related post: The Quack Miranda read on The blockbuster drug
My husband has had mildly elevated cholesterol for years. At several points in time, his doctor has recommended that he start taking one of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, like Lipitor (atorvastatin), the best-selling prescription drug of all time.
In 2006, Lipitor sales peaked at ! $13.7 billion—that’s just one year
Because my husband has no other risk factors for heart disease—he is not overweight, he doesn’t smoke, …
read on Switching doctors will become more common
My family is one of those that has lost our current insurance plan. And in researching new plans, I’ve found that individual market plans, both on and off the health care exchange, have significantly smaller provider networks.
Our current doctors and hospitals are not “in network” for any of the new plans, so we will have to change.
I understand why the insurance companies …
read on Buy healthy food and skip the vitamins
Last week two news stories caught my attention.
First, medical experts have (once again) come out saying that the
evidence does not support taking supplemental vitamins to reduce your risk of heart disease or cancer.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the government panel that provides guidelines to the public on such things as preventive care and screening tests,
has recently … read on Supermarkets can be scary
Today is Halloween, and I just watched the most terrifying movie! 😯
No, it wasn’t
Carrie or Paranormal Activity 4. It was , an exposé of America’s food industry—the multinational, fast-food and junk-food-supporting, animal-abusing, politically-subsidized conglomerations that produce the majority of our food products. Food, Inc.
The film maker, Robert Kenner, points out that the average supermarket contains 47,000 items, but most are made by just …
read on Dentist shopping made simple
A few weeks ago I posted that I was in the market for a new family dentist. Because I don’t have dental insurance,
I am always looking for ways to keep my dental care within budget.
Friends have recommended several dentists to me, and I have been calling these offices and asking about cash discounts. It’s such a hassle and, frankly, a bit embarrassing. I’m …
read on In the market for a new hospital?
This last week I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching hospitals online. Why?
First, I recently posted about the book,
, which questions the safety standards of American hospitals. The author, Dr. Marty Makary, writes about the difficulties both patients and patient safety advocates have in choosing and evaluating … Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care 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 …