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Thinking About Health: Narrow networks of doctors and hospitals limit patient choice

The next time you hear someone – likely a politician or representative for a medical special interest group – argue that... — Updated 2/12/2020

 

Thinking About Health: Low-value medical tests are costly, can lead to harm

People know too well the cost of American health care keeps rising as far as the eye can see. In 1995 health care accounted for... — Updated 2/6/2020

 

Thinking about Health: Big questions underlie debate about making health care accessible to all

In recent days, several tweets shared ominous news about the state of health insurance in the country. One woman tweeted she... — Updated 12/28/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Beware of health insurance scams, especially when shopping online

Community Health News Service If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated ... — Updated 12/6/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Meal programs struggle as funding dwindles

Two years ago in Dallas I met an 85-year-old woman and her 65-year-old son. Both were very hungry with almost no food in their... — Updated 11/15/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Be wary of the complex pros and cons of Medicare plans

Along with crunchy leaves and pumpkins, fall brings a slew of advertising for insurance plans that fill the gaps in Medicare... — Updated 11/1/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Congress may move to lower drug prices later this year or next

Maybe – just maybe – Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuticals. That, of course... — Updated 10/18/2019

 

Thinking About Health: E-cigarettes may be leading to lung disease Epidemic

Are e-cigarettes becoming the next public health hazard? Increasingly, health officials seem to think so, and in early September... — Updated 9/22/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Providers don't want to say what that surgery will cost

People would think that making the prices charged by hospitals and doctors available to their patients would be a no-brainer. After... — Updated 9/13/2019

 

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Consumers who are hoping a couple of recent policy proposals might lower prices for their prescription drugs may be out of luck,... — Updated 8/13/2019

 

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Is the U.S. ready for a discussion about paying for caregiving, an increasingly vexing and costly problem for a growing number of A... — Updated 7/15/2019

 

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The Senate Special Committee on Aging has just released one of the most damning reports on the nation’s nursing homes that... — Updated 6/24/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Another Challenge: Finding the right follow-up care after hospitalization

If ever there were a weak link in hospital care, it’s what happens when someone leaves the hospital. It’s becoming clear that... — Updated 6/6/2019

 

Thinking About Health: Hospital ads may mislead

This New York City subway ad recently caught my attention: “When researching hospitals, consider how much research they do.... — Updated 5/14/2019

 

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If ever there were an award for the best “buyer beware” story, a tale detailing the pitfalls of short-term health insurance... — Updated 4/29/2019

 

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Solicitations for Medicare Advantage plans once again have been arriving in the mail, promising the best bargain since sliced... — Updated 3/29/2019

 

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Association health insurance is back. Perhaps residents remember those policies... — Updated 3/15/2019

 

Maybe the U.S. is finally serious about lowering drug prices

David Mitchell is a man with a mission. He is determined to stitch together a movement that will finally smash the power of the... — Updated 2/21/2019

 

Health care, other income issues combine to complicate life for retirees

Not long ago, the news site ProPublica published an important story about employers who, in their quest for a younger and cheaper w... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

FDA tries yet again to regulate tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration just announced it would once again try to regulate tobacco products. This time the target of the... — Updated 12/6/2018

 

Both costs and coverage matter when choosing insurance

It’s open enrollment time for medical insurance, and for people having to shop in the individual insurance market, the choices... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Choosing Medicare drug coverage can be tricky

Karen R., a 70-year-old Medicare beneficiary living in a midsize town in Indiana, contacted me recently about her Part D drug... — Updated 11/5/2018

 

Look beyond premium costs when choosing a Medicare plan

Making decisions about Medicare coverage has never been easy. Over the years the task has become more complicated as congress has m... — Updated 10/22/2018

 

ER treatment can lead to surprise medical bills

Having good insurance doesn’t always mean that a patient won’t be caught with a huge surprise medical bill they didn’t... — Updated 10/8/2018

 

Choosing health insurance in a confusing marketplace

Anyone buying health insurance this fall faces a daunting task: having to choose among multiple, often-complex options that offer... — Updated 9/8/2018

 

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