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Category Archive for 'The Best Healthcare in the World'

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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Surprise!

This was a really interesting piece that was in the Times the other day — how hospitals and doctors jack up the charges to evade cost controls. You should read it in self-defense: Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology […]

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To anyone who’s been paying attention: A new study led by Michael B. Rothberg of the Cleveland Clinic and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association aimed to measure how much defensive medicine there is, really, and how much it costs. The researchers’ conclusion is that defensive medicine accounts for about 2.9% of […]

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I spent much of my day in the hospital yesterday, getting my sinuses evaluated. (I have to admit, I was thrilled when getting a CAT scan was as simple as walking over to the next office.) The verdict? They’re perfectly clear! I thought I had another sinus tumor, because I had the same symptoms as […]

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The feds have approved Corbett’s plan, which has dropped most of the infuriating original demands, such as linking coverage to a job search. But it’s complicated, and Pennsylvanians will have “the stingiest benefits.” Hopefully, Tom Wolf will get elected and fix things.

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