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I assume this also applies to bottled water: People who regularly drink from cans and plastic bottles may want to reconsider: A new study shows that a common chemical in the containers can seep into beverages and raise blood pressure within a few hours. The research raises new concerns about the chemical bisphenol A, or […]

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Barring high-risk factors. As an apprentice midwife, I learned that almost all of those “sudden” childbirth emergencies were predictable — and the ones that weren’t usually resulted in the death of the mother even if she gave birth in a hospital. I’ve often wondered why we didn’t move to a system like they have in […]

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The stabbing pain under my kneecap was so bad, it got to the point where my physiatrist finally urged me to get a knee replacement. In fact, I had a call in to make an appointment with a surgeon. But then my former brother-in-law called to see how I was. I told him I was […]

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The Department of Health is claiming there was no way for this to happen safely, but how did they manage to work around it in so many other states? This is just unconscionable: (Reuters) – New York state health officials have stopped a nonprofit group from providing free medical care to thousands of patients lacking […]

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Yeah, I’m getting hit with all kinds of out-of-pocket costs now. Anyone else? Researchers at the Commonwealth Fund found that 21 percent of adults with private health insurance spent five percent or more of their income on out-of-pocket health care costs even before factoring in premiums. In that group, low-income adults had the highest costs, […]

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We’re still screwed: The Center for Public Policy Priorities recently analyzed ER billing by the three biggest insurers in Texas — Humana, Blue Cross and United Healthcare. “ In an emergency department we see everyone, and we’re not even legally allowed to ask if they’re going to pay their bill. Large numbers of people pay […]

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Ironic

Man, it’s getting hard just to survive these days: John Spinello earned a small spot in pop culture history 50 years ago when he invented Operation, the battery-powered game that lets kids play surgeon. But now, the 77-year-old Illinois man needs $25,000 in oral surgery and can’t afford to pay for it, having sold the […]

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I’ve noticed this — I’ve been getting all kinds of charges for things I was never charged for before! Gee, if only we had politicians that could actually fix this: Leo Boudreau of Massachusetts was thrilled to find a psychologist in his insurance network to treat his teenage daughter for emotional stress related to a […]

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My late friend Melanie “Bump In The Beltay” Mattson was just one of many well-informed people screaming about our lack of preparation for a global avian flu pandemic (which is a helluva lot more contagious and ultimately more fatal than Ebola). Guess what the reason is? MONEY. Lack of government money to train personnel and […]

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Vote for Republicans to show our dissatisfaction, or vote for Democrats, who might actually try to increase funding and shrink the deductibles? WASHINGTON (AP) — They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury. […]

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