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The 2012 Elections and the Issue of Healthcare Reform

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard January 17, 2012 During both the 2008 and 2010 elections, the issue of reforming the American healthcare system was the focus of overwhelming amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Remember the email about Senior Death Panels?  It explained that the healthcare reform bill would allow Medicare to […]

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Your Most Important Health Resolution for 2012

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard January 3, 2012 When considering health-related resolutions, you probably expect me to wax poetic on the virtue of losing weight or quitting smoking.  But no, this resolution actually trumps them both. Perhaps the most important health resolution you can make for 2012 is to establish a […]

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The Ultimate Gift – Organ Donation

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard December 20, 2011 …………………………… I live in Central New York State, where we are grieving the loss of 17-year-old Taylor Fleming who died in a car accident last week. In the face of their unimaginable heartbreak and pain, Taylor’s parents decided to donate her organs and […]

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Healthy Travel Tips for the Holidays

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard November 22, 2011 ……………………………….. You may be among the millions of Americans who will travel during the upcoming holidays. Travel takes you out of your normal environment and disturbs your routine. If you have health issues, like a chronic disease, an injury, or even a short-term […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Can You Really Save Money With a High Deductible Health Insurance Plan?

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard November 8, 2011 ……………………………….. Last column we looked at Medicare Open Enrollment and how Medicare recipients can find great resources for helping them choose which health plan is right for them. Unfortunately, the rest of us, those who are under age 65 and face Open Enrollment […]

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