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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

Posted in Fee for Service, Fraud, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, medical charts, Medical Costs, Medicare, Secrecy |

Bacterial Infection: A Relentless Killer.

They are all around us.  The bacteria that cause infections are all around us.  They live on our skin, in our guts, on the food we eat, on the surfaces we touch, and in our mouths.  They float on the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, Medical Devices, science news, Sepsis, Type 1 Diabetes |

Want To Live Longer and Healthier? Think Positive.

My mother lived until just before what would have been her 96th birthday.  She had a great attitude about life.  She kept busy gardening and volunteering as long as she could.  When old friends passed on, she made new, younger … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, healthy living |

Another Volley In The Alcohol Is Good/Bad For You War.

There is an old adage, often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, that beer is proof God loves us and want us to be happy.  To the extent that old Ben offered an opinion on this issue, he was probably talking about … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cancer, General Health, healthy living, science news, Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes |

Capitalism Can Be Bad For Your Health

Capitalism has done wonders for the world in terms of raising the standard of living for so many people.  Of course, like everything else in this world, capitalism is not an unbridled blessing.  It has its dark side.  When it … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs |

Lots of Developments in Treatment of Breast Cancer

There is never a good time to develop breast cancer but for women who have had the misfortune of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the treatment options have never been better than they are today.  The statistics remain daunting, however,  … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer, Doctors, General Health, health, Lawsuits, Mammogram, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, science news |

Are We Headed Back to the Bad Old Days?

My granddaughter and I were looking at songs in a folk singing book the other day and one of them was “Sweet Molly Malone.”  If you know the song, you know Molly was a fishmonger in old Dublin, who died … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, medical research, science news |

The Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic.

America, we are letting ourselves go and it is costing us.  It is costing us in terms of rising health care costs, loss of quality of life and shortening of life expectancy itself.  We are getting fat and flabby.  We … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes |

Hospital Billing Practices Can Send You To The Poorhouse.

The way in which hospitals bill their patients is a sin.  It ought to be against the law, but it is not.  Hospitals can charge whatever they want for a medical procedure and often do.  Some studies have found that … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Medical Costs, Secrecy |

Want To Live A Long And Healthy Life? Be Born Rich.

I don’t suppose it has ever been different over the course of human history, but our society is unequal.  More and more research studies are “finding” that inequality makes a big difference in how healthy you are and how long … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, healthy living, Obesity, obesity epidemic, science news |