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2013: Changes Ahead in Health Care

After 3 years of rumbling court fights, legislative threats and golden promises, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moves into first gear and begins 2013 with new taxes and a few changes to our health care system.  But the speed picks up sharply October 1 when people will begin test driving the new health insurance exchanges, […]

Is there a Doc-Fix for IPAB?

Congress has delayed a scheduled cut to doctors’ Medicare reimbursements for another year as part of the Fiscal Cliff Agreement.  Fearing the consequences if payments to doctors for Medicare services were cut by almost 27%,  Congress put off, for the 10th year in a row, the implementation of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).  This annual […]

Concierge Medicine: A Moral Issue?

Concierge doctors restrict the number of patients they see, accepting 80-90% fewer patients than their primary care counterparts.  Their patients pay an extra $1500 – $2000 annually, over and above their regular health insurance, to become one of their exclusive patients.   The number of primary care physicians turning to a concierge practice has become cause […]

Concierge Medicine: Is it for You?

Weary, overwhelmed doctors in increasing numbers are turning to a concierge medical practice to escape the stress of what they feel is ‘conveyor-belt medicine’: seeing too many patients in too short a time.   Patients requiring extra attention with chronic and complex health problems are turning to concierge care to guide them through a medical maze […]

More Reasons it’s Unconstitutional

Our Declaration of Independence  was based on a government’s over-bearing intrusion in our lives.  That’s why the part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)  that people find most objectionable is the mandate that requires everyone to buy what the government determines is adequate health insurance.  It’s simply un-American.  In actuality, however, the […]

Retail Clinics as Health Care Providers

People are increasingly going to a retail clinic for primary, non-emergency health care.  Retail clinics are less expensive and more accessible than conventional health care providers and studies show the results are largely the same. Also called primary care, mini, walk-in, or convenient care clinics, retail clinics are located in retail stores, pharmacies and supermarkets.  […]

Major Break-Through In Cancer Drugs: That’s the Good News

There’s good news and bad news for cancer patients.  New drugs more effective at targeting the deadliest forms of cancer are coming on-line.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that no one can afford them New drugs have always been relatively expensive.  It takes years of research and development, rigorous testing and a […]

Physicans Spending More Time Online

A  study conducted by Manhattan Research of over 2,000 U.S. physicians indicates that physicians are spending eight hours online each week in 2010. In 2006 it was reported that they spent 4.5 hours online and in 2002 only 2.5 hours online each week. It is clear that doctors are spending more of their professional time online […]

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