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Hillary comes out for a limited public option

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Via the New York Times. Interesting:

“I’m also in favor of what’s called the public option, so that people can buy into Medicare at a certain age,” Mrs. Clinton said at a campaign event in Virginia on Monday.

Mr. Sanders calls his single-payer health care plan “Medicare for all.” What Mrs. Clinton proposed was a sort of Medicare for more.

The Medicare program currently covers Americans once they reach 65. Beneficiaries pay premiums to help cover the cost of their coverage, but the government foots the bulk of the bill. Mrs. Clinton’s suggestion was that perhaps younger Americans, “people 55 or 50 and up,” could voluntarily pay the full cost to join the program.

[…] Mrs. Clinton has been proposing a range of health policy overhauls to preserve and expand the Affordable Care Act. She has proposed expanding financial protections for people with high health care costs and expanding subsidies to help middle-income people buy their own insurance. She also has proposed a package of policies to lower the price of prescription drugs.

[…] Mrs. Clinton’s new Medicare plan, first reported by Bloomberg News, takes another step by proposing that Americans still in their prime working years be given the opportunity to obtain the exact same government insurance that is provided on a universal basis to their older peers.

[…] Moving more older adults into the Medicare program could have the effect of lowering insurance costs for younger people, as Mrs. Clinton suggested. But the exact dynamics would depend on the details of how the program was structured.

Medical errors now third leading cause of death in U.S.

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I watched the resident at one of the best hospitals in the country order Tylenol for my ex-husband. “Why are you giving him Tylenol?” I asked. For his fever, he explained.

“No, I meant, why are you ordering Tylenol for someone who is obviously in liver failure?” I said. “Have you looked at him? He’s bright yellow.”

“Oh, are we in the medical profession?” he said in a condescending tone.

“No, we’re in the legal profession,” I told him.

So yeah, I have no trouble believing their numbers:

Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context.

Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeing care,” Makary said.

Paul Ryan wants to bring back pre-existing conditions

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. 2/2 –Phil Humnicky

Paul Ryan is not working for his constituents, and neither are many of his cohorts in Congress. They are working to increase the profit margins of health insurance companies, period. Speaker Ryan wants to remove the provision of the president’s signature health care legislation that prevents insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions.… Continue Reading →

So what happens next?

UNITED HEALTHCARE HAS HAD ENOUGH

UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest commercial health insurer, made good on a six-month-old threat and announced Tuesday that it will pull out of Affordable Care Act exchanges in all but “a handful of states” after this year. The questions that raises are: Will that hurt? And, if so, who does it hurt? United had previously announced… Continue Reading →

Scientists rename thyroid tumor, say cancer is overdiagnosed

All About Papillary Thyroid Cancer Remedy And Treatments

The overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer has been an ongoing and steadily escalating issue over the past few decades. In 1992, six out of every 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In 2012, that number was two-and-a-half times higher, at 15. Despite the increase in diagnoses, however, the rate of people who have died of thyroid… Continue Reading →

Zika virus ‘scarier than we initially thought,’ US officials say

Phát hiện Virus Zika có thể tấn công cả não người lớn - KQXS

And this is why we vote for Democrats. Unbelievably, Republicans are just planning to ignore this, like they did with global warming:

Washington (dpa) – Calling what they’ve learned since focusing on the Zika virus “not reassuring,” US health officials said Monday the illness brings a “broader set of complications” for pregnant women than first thought. “Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought,” said Anne Schuchat of the… Continue Reading →

Should you check procedure rates before going to the hospital?

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This is about Maryland hospitals, but the information applies everywhere. For instance, hospitals now break a lot of costs out separately that used to be bundled and covered by your insurance:

Despite having state-wide cost-control measures in place, not all medical procedures at Maryland hospitals are treated equally. With the increase cost of deductibles and co-pays, people have started to shop around for hospitals that offer cheaper procedures.

Unfortunately for many of those in Maryland, hospitals do not make it easy for people to obtain answers regarding the cost of certain procedures. Even though the State of Maryland has control over how much hospitals can charge, people still find it difficult to get information about the cost of treatment. This lack of information makes it difficult for people who need to comparison shop for cheaper hospitals because of the rising deductibles.

The rise in comparison shopping begs the question of why prices vary so greatly at different Maryland hospitals. In some Maryland hospitals, the price of certain procedures is more than twice as much than at other Maryland hospitals. For instance, at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, the price of having a baby is $4,895, while at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the cost averages at about $11,752.

However, when hospitals cite these averages, they often do not take into account the cost of complications, as well as certain lab tests. Since every patient is different and every procedure is different, can a person really shop around when considering different procedures?

Maryland officials who help determine the price of procedures at different hospitals insist that the differing prices are not based on the quality of service, but on the types of procedures offered and the number of patients who can afford to pay for the procedures.

Thus, a procedure at one hospital may be greater because Maryland allows the hospitals to increase the price of procedures to make up for the inability of certain patients to pay. This often means that hospitals in wealthier communities generally have lower prices.
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