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When Thinking About Hospital Bills, Remember Your Old Monopoly Game.
It is no secret that the cost of medical care is rising and rising at a rate faster than inflation. This wave of rising costs is being led by an even larger rise in the cost of hospital care. Hospitals … Read More
Health Care Professionals Are Not Immune to Greed
Willie Sutton, the Depression era bankrobber, when asked why he robbed banks, famously responded, “That’s where the money is.” Today, the money is in illegal drugs and the Medicare program. Foreign drug cartels make huge profits smuggling illegal drugs into … Read More
Our Health Care Spending Subsidizes the Rest of the World
If you follow this blog or read much about health care spending, you know that we in the United States spend twice as much per person on health care as any other nation on earth. We pay way more for … Read More
Our Broken Health Care Delivery System.
Next time you are visiting someone at the hospital and have a few minutes to spare, take a drive through the doctor’s parking lot. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you will see luxury car after luxury car. … Read More
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Some Helpful Medicare Enrollment Information.
It is only early November and I am already sick to death of the advertisements trying to get me to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan and I still have a month go before the open enrollment period ends. Every … Read More
You’re Not Listening To Me.
Medical diagnosis and its evil twin, misdiagnosis, are profoundly influenced by the physician’s ability to effectively listen to the patient. There are great diagnosticians and some doctors who are not so great diagnosticians. The great ones almost always say the … Read More
Our Hospital Pricing System Is Insane.
I recently wrote a post about how our health insurance system is making the delivery of health care worse than it should be. Here is another horror story for your files. There are two variables in health insurance plans that … Read More
More Evidence Medicare Advantage Plans May Not Be A Good Deal
It is that time of the year again. The Medicare Annual Enrollment period runs from mid-October to early December. That means that the airwaves are full of celebrity spokespeople encouraging everyone who is Medicare eligible to “get all you deserve.” … Read More
Thanks to Health Insurance Health Care Is Getting Worse.
In the United States, we already pay more than any other developed nation for health care, but have poorer outcomes in major categories of care, such as infant mortality, life expectancy, obesity levels and rate of suicide, just to name … Read More
Some Medicare Advantage Plans Are Taking Us For A Ride
In 2003, Congress made a major change to Medicare. In the hopes of reducing costs through privatization, it created what are called Medicare Advantage plans. The idea was that private companies would be paid a fixed amount to provide Medicare … Read More