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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

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare |

Electronic Medical Records Are A Problem.

One thing you can say about Electronic Medical Records:  They are a mixed blessing.  In my practice, I read a lot of medical records.  In the old days, they were all written by hand and I had to struggle with … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical mistakes, Nurses |

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

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical research, Medicare |

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

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Obesity, Secrecy |

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

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Medical Costs, Medicare |

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

Posted in Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Mammogram, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Secrecy |

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

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare |

Developments in Type 1 Diabetes.

Nine years in and counting.  It has been nine years since my then 3 year old grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  At the time of his diagnosis, I assured his anxious parents that relief was on the horizon.  … Read More

Posted in drug companies, health, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, Type 1 Diabetes |

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

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Misdiagnosis |

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 |