Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Earlier this fall, the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its positive Covid test rate from 34.2% in the last week of September, to a shocking 4.2% just one month later, the Jewish-American news organization The Forward reported. According to The Forward, town leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York […]

Healthcare costs, access to data, and partnering with providers: Patients’ top user experience factors

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Healthcare costs, access to data, and partnering with providers: Patients’ top user experience factors

“As patients returned to in-person, brick-and-mortar health care settings after the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic, they re-enter the health care system with heightened consumer expectations, according to the Beryl Institute – Ipsos Px Pulse report, Consumer Perspectives on Patient Experience in the U.S.,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes over at Health Populi.com. “Ipsos conducted the survey […]

How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

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How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

Our community member reported to us that an MRI of the lower extremity without dye (CPT code 73721) had cost $848 at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico (Xranm) in Albuquerque, N.M., in October. The note said: “This is for an MRI of the knee. This is the cost for self-pay and not running it through […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

The coronavirus pandemic changed the face of work for everyone in 2020, but those returning to their in-person jobs are facing unique stressors. It is not clear how many employees have transitioned back to working in person, but there are a few numbers. While only 8% of Manhattan office workers have returned to their workspaces […]

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and telemedicine: Will my insurance still cover my appointments?

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Coronavirus (Covid 19) and telemedicine: Will my insurance still cover my appointments?

Many of the country’s insurers are bringing back patient fees for telemedicine visits after waiving them for several months because of the coronavirus crisis. But how much you’ll have to pay and when you’ll have to pay it depends on which plan you have. Throughout the pandemic, insurance companies have varied widely on what they […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: Lingering damage for an uncertain number of patients

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: Lingering damage for an uncertain number of patients

“The family of seven known human coronaviruses are known for their impact on the respiratory tract, not the heart,” Dr. Eric Topol of the Scripps Research Translational Institute writes in Science. “However, the most recent coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has marked tropism for the heart and can lead to myocarditis (inflammation […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

By PHOEBE PINDER and JEANNE PINDER Some research has been done on people in whom Covid symptoms persist over the course of months, but there is still a lack of thorough medical investigations of this phenomenon. In fact, it’s still not absolutely clear what this phenomenon should be called. Some call it “long Covid,” while […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

After suffering for days with chest pain and difficulty breathing due to Covid-19, Candace Taylor finally fell asleep in a recliner one night in late March. She didn’t know at the time, but she would have to sleep in that recliner for the next three months. Taylor, 38, is one of a growing number of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) as a chronic illness: The lasting misery of coronavirus long-haulers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) as a chronic illness: The lasting misery of coronavirus long-haulers

“The lung scans were the first sign of trouble,” Michael Marshall writes over at Nature. In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, clinical radiologist Ali Gholamrezanezhad began to notice that some people who had cleared their Covid-19 infection still had distinct signs of damage. ‘Unfortunately, sometimes the scar never goes away,’ he says. Gholamrezanezhad, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the activist: A Black patient’s journey through the system

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the activist: A Black patient’s journey through the system

For Fred Joseph, it started in July with an odd stiffness in his neck. As an athletic man who works out and stretches regularly, he said, it just didn’t make sense. Within a few weeks, the stiffness got worse, and he went on to experience migraines so severe they would wake him up, and extreme […]