Patient Choices in the Used Car Lot of Healthcare

Guest essay by Chris Oldenburg [with editor’s comments at the end] In America we love our choices. Drive by any car lot and you might see 10 models that only differ in exterior color. We also love simplicity and service. Those cars had better have a clear cost taped to the windshield right next to a list of what’s included.

Social Media in Politics

I’ve posted several articles about social media in HEALTHCARE, including: Patients Find and Help Each other in Social Media Social Media Growth is Fastest among Boomers Consumers use Social Media more than Health Companies Physicians find and help Patients through Social Media Physician use of Social Media This article is about social media in POLITICS. While I try not to Read More …

Chipping Away at Healthcare Special Interests Yet?

Is it just “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?” or is something bigger happening? Last week I read an excellent article in Huffington Post by Charles Francis, and it inspired today’s post about public interests versus special interests. In this article I’ll reflect on the healthcare progress consumers are making despite politicians working against them. But first, more on Read More …

Influencing Healthcare Policy – Lobbying, Incentives & Insurance

By Wayne Caswell, Founding Editor, Modern Health Talk As President Trump’s administration transitions from the Obama era, a conservative ideological shift will influence healthcare policy, but so will other factors. They are discussed here, based on my response to “The Past, Present and Future of Healthcare Policy” at ReferralMD. Influencing Healthcare Policy Although The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more Read More …

Health Reform needs a WELLNESS emphasis

How can healthcare systems encourage patients to take greater ownership of their health so they live longer? That was the question posed to a Linkedin discussion group that generated some interesting responses. I initially weighed in with: Public Health and Social Programs We don’t often think of clean running water, indoor toilets, sanitation systems, and school vaccinations as having profound Read More …

The High Cost of Health Care – Infographic

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina produced the following infographic about the high cost of health care, and I added the following comment. The key to getting costs under control is to get the incentives right all along the health care continuum. PAYERS — Where insurance companies once were able to control profits by selecting only the healthiest customers and cutting Read More …

Why High Medical Bills Are Killing Us

In his 38-page TIME magazine special report, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us,” Steven Brill dives into our health care system to understand why things cost so much, avoiding the more traditional question of who pays for what. What he found was both disturbing and telling. (His 3:38 min video introduction is at the end.) His first story Read More …

As Our Health Goes, So Does Our Economic Recovery

  It’s the Health Care, Stupid: As Our Health Goes, So Does Our Economic Recovery By Peter Abaci, M.D., Chronic pain specialist (original on Huffington Post) “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein As we head into the final stages leading up to election day, expect the fight over Read More …

Now the Real Work of Healthcare Reform Begins

Roberts Saves Obamacare: Now the Real Work of Reform Begins By Arianna Huffington The narrow survival of the Affordable Care Act last week was certainly cause for celebration. But as the jubilation subsides, it’s important to realize that having avoided what would have been a giant step backward doesn’t mean we’ve taken a giant step forward. Because the law as Read More …

Is American Health Care the Best?

“Is American Health Care the Best?” The answer to that question might depend on whom you ask, but by almost all measures we aren’t even close. That was the message of this article on Vox that says people who believe our health system is the best are “measuring it wrong.” Here’s some measures we should be considering, followed by some supporting graphs and Read More …

About Operating Room Safety

 Make Sure You’re in the Safest Possible Operating Room The Hazards of Hospitals We all think of the hospital as a place we go to get better, but hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors,  haphazard record keeping, and equipment failures, you might find yourself in more trouble than you Read More …

Here’s My Top 10 Healthcare Issues. What’s Yours?

I recently contributed to a Linkedin discussion of Telehealth and how it could impact Seniors and Less-mobile Patients. I was asked to join in because my digital home and telecom technology perspective adds to that of medical practitioners, and I took the opportunity to share my top 10 list of healthcare issues from a home healthcare perspective. I crafted the Read More …

Why Medicare-for-All is Not Enough

Doctors Prescribe Single-Payer Health Care Reform Well before Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race, a nonpartisan group of 39 leading doctors set out to fix the glaring problems in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The single-payer plan they proposed, essentially Medicare-for-All, has since been endorsed by over 2,000 physician colleagues and published in the American Journal of Public Read More …

Health Care Reform – Progress and Next Steps

A special issue of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, on July 11, 2016 published this summary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), by President Barack Obama, describing successes, challenges, and next steps. JAMA encouraged current and future presidential candidates to submit their own ideas on how best to reform healthcare, so here’s my list of What to Read More …

Why doctors are so afraid of apples

As implied in “An Apple a Day…” the fruit and the smartphone can both keep doctors away, and that has many of them terrified for good reason. Those at the top of the healthcare mountain especially fear the Healthcare MiniTrends, because they know 429 of the original Fortune 500 companies (1955) are no longer in business today. And they’re looking Read More …

Consumers Screwed with Insurance Loopholes

Insurance Loopholes & Master Pricing: How Surprise Medical Bills Knock Consumers Down Most of us know which local hospitals and doctors are covered by our insurance providers, but even when we make sure that we only see an in-network physician or surgeon, nearly one-third of privately insured Americans are still hit with higher-than-expected medical bills, often because their in-network hospital Read More …

Universal Healthcare Opposition

What is REALLY behind universal healthcare opposition? It’s the fear of helping “LOSERS” I felt compelled to comment on this article in MedCity News. The article said FEAR was a dominant reason some Americans find it so hard to support the kind of universal healthcare that all other advanced nations have. The dark side of this belief is that “Nobody wants to pay for FREE healthcare for Read More …

Health Insurance premiums surge in 2011

We all know that health costs are high and rising steadily, but new data now shows that the cost of employee health benefits increased 114% in 10 years while wages only went up 34%. That’s according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which forms the basis of this article. The average family health care premiums now top Read More …