Most in U.S. say high costs of medical treatments are a big problem: Pew Research Center

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Most in U.S. say high costs of medical treatments are a big problem: Pew Research Center

“Americans have mixed assessments about the overall value of medical treatments today, even while a strong majority says science has generally improved the quality of U.S. health care, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey,” write Isadora Milanez and Mark Strauss on the Pew Research blog. “At the same time, a substantial majority considers […]

Sometimes patients simply need other patients: The New York Times

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Sometimes patients simply need other patients: The New York Times

“When Jodie Ofosuhene learned she had breast cancer at age 29 in 2016, she got more than standard medical care,” Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt write over at The New York Times. “She was connected with Noel Peters, a former patient who serves as a mentor to new ones. ‘Noel helped me tremendously,’ Ms. […]

Hey there, U.S. House of Representatives!

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Hey there, U.S. House of Representatives!

We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting and what they’re doing. On a lazy July Friday afternoon, it was the U.S. House of Representatives, where someone spent 10 minutes perusing our front page. These screenshots are from the analytics service Clicky, which will tell us — depending on how your internet is configured — who […]

Obamacare is proving hard to kill: The New York Times

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Obamacare is proving hard to kill: The New York Times

“As health insurers across the country begin filing their proposed rates for 2019, one thing is clear: The market created by the Affordable Care Act shows no signs of imminent collapse in spite of the continuing threats by Republicans to destroy it,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “In fact, while President […]

Those who don’t qualify for government aid aren’t buying Obamacare plans: The Washington Post

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Those who don’t qualify for government aid aren’t buying Obamacare plans: The Washington Post

“There’s an ever-growing chasm between the number of Americans who receive government subsidies — meant to offset the cost of buying health insurance on the individual marketplaces — and those who don’t under the 2010 law known as Obamacare,” Colby Itkowitz writes over at The Washington Post.  “Fresh enrollment data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare […]

Medicare requests information about physician self-referral law or ‘Stark law’

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Medicare  requests information about physician self-referral law or ‘Stark law’

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a request for information on the Stark law, also known as physician self-referral law. The RFI in the Federal Register suggests that the intent is to loosen restrictions on this practice. From the request: “When enacted in 1989, the physician self-referral law (section 1877 of the […]

How to shop for an MRI: His was $600

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How to shop for an MRI: His was $600

A friend asked the other day if it was possible to shop for an MRI. I sent him our “10 questions to ask” post, and after a little while, he emailed me to say he had a shoulder MRI for $600 at Union Square Imaging in New York. I asked him if he could tell […]

Why telemedicine has been a bust: CNBC.com

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Why telemedicine has been a bust: CNBC.com

“The next big thing in health care? For more than a decade, it was supposed to be telemedicine,” Christina Farr writes over at CNBC.com. “Billions of investment dollars have been poured into apps and websites that offer this virtual consultations with physicians, ranging from Doctor on Demand to American Well. The theory behind them is […]

A past pre-existing condition shouldn’t mean my son is denied insurance: Stat News

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A past pre-existing condition shouldn’t mean my son is denied insurance: Stat News

“When our second child, Zade, arrived in 2004, my wife and I thought we knew most of the hazards facing babies,” Doug Hirsch writes over at Stat News. “Until the night in the fast food restaurant when Zade died. At least that’s what it seemed like. I had taken him to the bathroom to change […]

Sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system: Bloomberg

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Sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system: Bloomberg

“When Carla Jordan and her husband were hit with a cascade of serious medical issues, she knew that at least her family had health insurance through her job,” John Tozzi and Zachary Tracer write over at Bloomberg. “What she didn’t realize was that even with that coverage, a constant stream of medical bills would soon […]