Should HPV Vaccination Be Mandatory?

There has been a lot of recent news about a possible HPV Vaccine mandate in several states. For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, HPV is the Human Papilloma Virus that has been linked to cervical cancer. It’s a virus that a lot of sexually active adolescent girls . . . → Read More: Should HPV Vaccination Be Mandatory?

Now You Can Manage Your Prescription Drugs Online

If you are at the age where you qualify for Medicare, then you undoubtedly understand how difficult it may be to manage your medications and prescriptions. The government’s Medicare program is a terribly complicated thing comprised of four parts – A, B, C, and D. Medicare Part A is for hospital care. Medicare Part . . . → Read More: Now You Can Manage Your Prescription Drugs Online

Should Patients Be Allowed to Direct Their Own Care?

Some people have suggested that one way to prevent the wasteful costs of healthcare is to have a menu of treatment options, with their costs, that is presented to the patient. For example, when you are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, the physician typically orders tons of tests, medications, and nursing orders. . . . → Read More: Should Patients Be Allowed to Direct Their Own Care?

Consumerism in the U.S. Healthcare System: Why We All End Up Paying for the Most Expensive Treatments

The theme of my last several posts has been the profit motive inherent in the medical system. Many parties appear to be responsible for this including industry and the physician’s lobby. I submit that the most responsible party is the consumer. The consumer is the one who demands the most advanced procedure, the best . . . → Read More: Consumerism in the U.S. Healthcare System: Why We All End Up Paying for the Most Expensive Treatments

Reforming Healthcare & Taking On Big Pharma: An E-Interview & Reader Q&A with S.J. Robinson

Former nurse and retired attorney S.J. Robinson, author of The Price of Death, has practiced law dealing with medical malpractice and insurance companies over the last 30 years. Her book focuses on issues such as health insurance reform, oversight for prescription drug production, and the growing power of healthcare conglomerates. For more information about . . . → Read More: Reforming Healthcare & Taking On Big Pharma: An E-Interview & Reader Q&A with S.J. Robinson

Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part IV

I previously posted about insurance companies and the EOB. I’ve been thinking more and more about this issue and have come to the conclusion that physicians must band together and file class action lawsuits against insurance companies in order to collect the reimbursements that they legally deserve. If you take a closer look at . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part IV

Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part II

I’ve posted previously on how tough insurance companies can make it for doctors to collect their payments. Those of you in the profession know what I am talking about and are probably familiar with the acronym “EOB.” The EOB is the “Explanation of Benefits” that insurance companies provide to their patients and physicians.

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Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors

In response to my last post regarding health insurance companies, I received a comment from a physician who noted that health insurance companies try to make it difficult for doctors to collect payments. I could not agree more. It is the classic example of a big business trying to take advantage of the little . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors

Health Insurance: The Greatest Flaw in Our Healthcare System

I know this is going to be a controversial post, but I wanted to illustrate how silly our health insurance system has gotten.

Back in the old days, people did not have health insurance. Most hospitals were run on donations, and medical visits to the doctor were not so prohibitively expensive that you couldn’t . . . → Read More: Health Insurance: The Greatest Flaw in Our Healthcare System

When an Insurance Company Holds the Patient Hostage

I’ve mentioned several times before that doctors are not good businesspeople and that the current state of the health reimbursement system is a mess. One reason it is so messy is that it is all about business and not about care. In this country, the basic teaching of medicine is that “continuous care” is . . . → Read More: When an Insurance Company Holds the Patient Hostage