Tag: healthcare costs

To Live and (Almost) Die in L.A.: A Survivor’s Tale

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After 25 years of chronic emergency, 22 mental hospitalizations, a stint at a ‚Äúcommunity mental health center,‚ÄĚ 13 years in a "board & care," repeated withdrawals from addictions to legal drugs, and a 12-year marriage, I plan to live every last breath out as a survivor, an advocate, and an artist.

The Real Cost of Health Care

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From Pacific Standard: "...The United States spends more per person on health care than any other country. A lot more. As a country, by...

Bringing Meals to People May Reduce Healthcare Costs

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From The Los Angeles Times: A recent study found that regularly delivering meals to people with food insecurity can prevent health crises and drive down...

Is Curing Patients a Sustainable Business Model?

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From CNBC: A recent report by Goldman Sachs analysts questions whether curing patients, as opposed to providing them with chronic therapies, could pose a financial...

Why the U.S. Spends More Than Other Nations on Health Care

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From The New York Times: Studies point to a simple reason for the nation's rising expenditure on health care: the high cost of medical services and procedures. Article...

Hospitals Need to Earn Their Tax-Exempt Status

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From STAT: Many of the country's most profitable and prominent hospitals enjoy tax-exempt status even though they often fail to meet the health needs of...

53% of Docs Still Not Transitioning to Value-Based Care

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From Modern Healthcare: There has been a recent uptick in the number of doctors transitioning to value-based care, but 53 percent of physicians still have not...

The Trump Administration Isn’t Taking on Health Care Waste

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From U.S. News: The Trump administration is not taking any actions to address the epidemic of waste, i.e. unnecessary tests and treatments, in the medical...

So Much Care It Hurts: The Impact of Unneeded Treatment

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From Kaiser Health News: A growing number of patients and doctors are becoming concerned and speaking out about overtreatment, including unneeded scans, tests, surgeries, and...

Vikas Saini: Protecting Patients From Excessive Medicine

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In this piece for the BMJ, Jeanne Lenzer profiles Vikas Saini, a cardiologist who is working to fight against excessive medical treatment. His work with...

Meaningful Conversation is a Crucial Part of Medicine

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From Scientific American: Doctor-patient communication is an incredibly important part of medical treatment. However, doctors often do not have the time or resources to be...

As Cost of Health Care Skyrockets, So Does Pay of CEOs

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From NPR: In the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, the earnings of CEOs of U.S. health care companies, including pharmaceutical companies,...

Putting Profits Ahead of Patients

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From The New York Review of Books: In her book An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, Elisabeth...

Corrupt Health Care Practices Drive Up Costs and Fail Patients

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From The Huffington Post: Corruption is insidiously pervasive in our healthcare system and dramatically increases our health expenditures. Patients are increasingly being given unnecessary treatments...

Staggering Levels of Health Spending in U.S.

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From the Center for Health Journalism: In 2015, the U.S. spent a staggering $3.2 trillion on health care. This budget is often spent ineffectively; our spending...

Mental Health Treatments Top List of US Healthcare Spending

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According to new research, the United States spends over 200 billion annually on treatment and hospitalization for mental health issues, exceeding spending on heart...