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A New Year’s Resolution for Smart Patients

Resolve to Be a Smarter Patient With the first deadline for complying with Obamacare’s insurance requirements looming large, it may be hard for many Americans – especially patients in our broken healthcare system – to think about anything else. But the start of this new year may be a better opportunity than most to refocus […]

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For Your Healthcare, Forget Obamacare and Take Charge Yourself

When it comes to their healthcare, are patients too trusting – or too complacent? There’s a post by Richard Eskow on The Huffington Post today entitled “Healthcare’s Forgotten Crisis, Part 1: Families Can’t Afford Medical Care” that mirrors much of what I write about here, specifically how healthcare is increasingly unaffordable for many Americans and will […]

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Are ACOs a Bet on the Wrong Horse?

ACOs May Improve Care Without Saving Money This week’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) shindig has prompted some criticisms of the ACO model as a vehicle for significantly addressing America’s problem of runaway healthcare spending. I’ve made similar observations in my book on Obamacare, so I can’t say I’m surprised that the evidence of cost savings […]

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Healthcare Investment – Lipstick On a Pig

Healthcare Bloat, Inefficiency & Sheer Corruption There are many healthcare examples of how things go awry when government regulatory functions are co-opted by those they’re intended to regulate. The FDA, of course, jumps immediately to mind. The Medicare pay scale for doctors – called the Relative Value Unit, or RVU,  Scale – in which specialist […]

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When Healthcare Turns Dubious

Healthcare You May Not Need For those who doubt the evidence cited in Our Healthcare Sucks, here’s another example of the arbitrary nature of many medical procedures routinely performed  across America. This one concerns a cardiac procedure called left ventriculography that involves inserting a catheter across the aortic valve to the heart and injecting a […]

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Patient, Heal Thyself – Because “Patient Engagement” is Unlikely

Patient Engagement Will Follow The Money “Patient activation” is the new buzzword threatening to replace “patient engagement” – long before many patients have actually been, you know, engaged. Apparently, we no longer bother to to wait for our terminology to take on meaning before we feel compelled to replace it. As it stands, neither term […]

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes Reduce Healthcare Dependence

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Are The Answer  Smart medical consumers know the importance of healthy lifestyle changes. They also know we don’t need to wait for the medical profession or the government to figure out a solution to the chronic disease epidemics that threaten to bankrupt the country. We can take the bull-by-the-horn ourselves with healthy […]

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Medical Uncertainty & Patient Engagement

Medical Lessons From The Trenches So I got the lab results for that colonoscopy exam I discussed in last week’s post (see “Navigating Medical Uncertainty – Disease, Un-ease & Uncertainty“). And while they weren’t a completely clean bill of health, they could have been much worse as well. Having gone on the record about this […]

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Ten Reasons Why Your Health Insurance and Healthcare Cost Too Much

Reassessing Your Health Insurance and Healthcare Needs Healthcare in America, including health insurance, costs up to twice as much as other developed countries. Here’s why… We use twice as much medical care as we need – largely due to deceptive medical “bill-padding”; Our healthcare system is fragmented and poorly coordinated, earning a shoddy 51% efficiency […]

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Navigating Medical Nuance – Disease, Un-ease & Uncertainty

Grappling With Medical Uncertainty  I’m now living in the land of medical uncertainty – as in waiting for lab test results for the eight polyps removed during my colonoscopy yesterday. We all experience this, sooner or later – first for loved ones, then for ourselves. It’s impossible not to consider your own mortality during such […]

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