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If you’re blindsided by health plan changes, learn the root causes — and your rights

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
If you’re blindsided by health plan changes, learn the root causes — and your rights

How much notice is required if benefits change? Do insurers have to give you a heads up if your plan doesn’t meet the minimum coverage standard under the Affordable Care Act? 

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The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

By Rob Moodie, University of Melbourne Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations. A case in point is South Africa’s efforts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks to reduce the […]

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Female doctors show more empathy than male doctors

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Female doctors show more empathy than male doctors

Recent research has found that female doctors are better at empathy than male doctors, and this probably makes them better doctors.

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Guess who pays the price when hospital giants hire your private practitioner?

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Guess who pays the price when hospital giants hire your private practitioner?

Large doctor practices, many owned by hospitals, exceed federal guidelines for market concentration in more than a fifth of the areas studied. But the mergers are typically far too small for federal antitrust authorities to notice.

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Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Scientific evidence supporting an absolute need to immunize against meningitis B still falls short. The risk of contracting it is smaller than that of being involved in a car crash. But the headlines prompted by those 13 campus cases — which resulted in one death and one double amputation — helped reshape the financial prospects for a vaccine.

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Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

September 7, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

Lawsuit alleges residents were “ left without assistance for hours after falling, they are given the wrong medications, they are denied clean clothing, showers, and nutritious food, and they are left in their own waste for long periods of time.”

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Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

Emergency room staff call it a “pop drop” — when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it also seems as if the at-home caregiver who brought the patient there is simply seeking a break.

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How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many solutions when it comes to stabilizing markets and preventing premium increases. Rather than wasting time on issues that divide us, we should prioritize finding common ground and moving the ball in the right direction.

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How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

A new study finds that 22 percent of markets for primary care doctors, surgeons, cardiologists and other specialties were “highly concentrated” in 2013. That means that a lack of competitors substantially increased those doctors’ ability to raise prices without losing customers.

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What our 18 year life expectancy gap between our neighborhoods tells us – Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: 

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
What our 18 year life expectancy gap between our neighborhoods tells us – Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: 

Within King County there is a 18-year difference in life expectancy for men and a 14-year difference for women between the neighborhoods.

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