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Why Your Doctor Won’t Help You

Notice that the title doesn’t say “can’t Help You.” It says “won’t.” There’s a big difference. CPT codes are the stuff a doctor’s practice is made from. I know — you thought patients were the basis for a physician practice, but no, CPT codes are more important than patients — even though I can guarantee […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Medical Records, Patient Empowerment

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Health Insurance = Better Health (No kidding)

A report issued this week by JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reviews a study done by Harvard about the health of Americans and their access to health insurance. More than 7,000 people ages 55 to 72 were studied. More than 2,200 of them had no health insurance to begin with, but were […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools

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Doctors Work the System to Increase Income – at the Patient’s Expense

Found an interesting op-ed from the Dallas News online yesterday, written by Dr. Steve Cole entitled, “Biggest factor in rising health costs are the doctors themselves.” Unfortunately, the title doesn’t even begin to touch the content, so many folks will miss this enlightening piece — a piece that should be read by everyone who has […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Media, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools

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Expensive Medical Tests – Who Really Wins?

Here’s one of the best examples I’ve encountered of the dysfunction of American medicine. It will leave you shaking your head. And you might be surprised by my comments about it. Here’s the scenario as described in the Syracuse Post Standard this week: Recently, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest health insurer in Central […]

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A Lemon Law for Medical Consumers?

From Hannah Montana to drive-by shootings, there is plenty of interesting news in Cincinnati, Ohio today. But to me, your friendly patient advocate, an even more fascinating topic was reported in Cincinnati’s news this week: the possibility of a lemon law for medical consumers. To me, it’s one of those “now why didn’t I think […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Politics and Medicine

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