Colorado Supreme Court rules in favor of woman who expected to pay $1,337 for surgery but was charged $303,709

Colorado Supreme Court rules in favor of woman who expected to pay $1,337 for surgery but was charged $303,709

“A woman who expected to pay $1,337 for surgery at a Westminster hospital but was billed $303,709 may be off the hook for the massive bill after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in her favor Monday,” The Denver Post writes. “The justices unanimously found that the contracts patient Lisa French signed before a pair of […]

Need Paxlovid for Covid? New Yorkers are supposed to have access, but that isn’t always so. Here’s what I found out.

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Need Paxlovid for Covid? New Yorkers are supposed to have access, but that isn’t always so. Here’s what I found out.

I tested positive for Covid-19 on May 4, 2022, after getting the virus from my roommate. She tested positive on April 28, four days after she began experiencing sinus infection-like symptoms, and after a previously negative at-home test. It took me six days, seven tests (a couple rapids, two PCRs, and three at-homes) to finally […]

Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut: Nature

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Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut: Nature

“In the chaos of the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, oncologist and geneticist Ami Bhatt was intrigued by widespread reports of vomiting and diarrhoea in people infected with SARS-CoV-2,” Heidi Ledford writes over at Nature magazine. “’At that time, this was thought to be a respiratory virus,’ she says. Bhatt and her colleagues, curious […]

Big insurer Cigna took in $44 billion in the first 3 months of 2022. 75% came from its drug business.

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Big insurer Cigna took in $44 billion in the first 3 months of 2022. 75% came from its drug business.

“While many investors have seen a decline in the value of their stock portfolio over the past year, Cigna shareholders became significantly richer today after the company announced that it made far more in profits during the first three months of this year than Wall Street financial analysts had expected,” Wendell Potter writes over at […]

How to avoid falling for fake online reviews of healthcare providers

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How to avoid falling for fake online reviews of healthcare providers

At least 70% of Americans use online reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, RateMDs and HealthGrades to help find healthcare providers, according to a 2020 survey from Software Advice, a consulting firm. But there’s a huge problem with that: an untold number of online reviews on these sites are fraudulent. One recent analysis of four […]

How much does childbirth cost?

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How much does childbirth cost?

How much does childbirth cost? A vaginal delivery could cost as little as $1,304 or $1,594. Cesarean section (C-sections)  estimates of what you’ll pay range from over $9,000 to more than $11,800 out of pocket — and the actual bills (the sticker price) can be much, much higher, well into the thousands and thousands of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breaking the isolation: Finding community online

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breaking the isolation: Finding community online

One survivor is using his experience dealing with long Covid to help others struggling with the condition and the painful emotions that can torment them by running a pop-up virtual support group for long-Covid patients that runs 24 hours at a time so people in any time zone can find help when they need it. Dave, […]

Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated: The Washington Post

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Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated: The Washington Post

“Unvaccinated people accounted for the overwhelming majority of deaths in the United States throughout much of the coronavirus pandemic,” Fenit Nirappil and Dan Keating  write over at The Washington Post. “But that has changed in recent months, according to a Washington Post analysis of state and federal data. The pandemic’s toll is no longer falling almost […]

The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

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The Covid vaccine: Rates drop at our van, despite the new variant of Covid

Vaccinations have dropped sharply among people visiting our Covid vaccine van in Queens — and we find ourselves both surprised and not surprised in light of the new BA.2 variant of the Covid virus. We have been tracking the surge in the new Covid variant in Queens Village in New York City by various measures […]

Long Covid, the invisible public health crisis fueling labor shortages: The Financial Times

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Long Covid, the invisible public health crisis fueling labor shortages: The Financial Times

“When Katie Lazell-Fairman returned to work after recovering from a Covid-19 infection, she quickly discovered that the virus had taken a much heavier toll on her body than she initially realised,” Delphine Strauss and Jamie Smyth write over at The Financial Times. “’I woke up suddenly feeling incredibly exhausted, dizzy. My heart rate was 135 […]