Tag: forbes

Has Aetna been behaving badly? A former Aetna Medical Director tells all.

Has Aetna been behaving badly? A former Aetna Medical Director tells all. If you had a bad experience with improperly denied claims or medical procedures by your insurance company, you are not alone.   Insurers often dodge paying claims using terms such as not medically necessary or investigational. If that insurance carrier was Aetna, the problem may be a cultural problem from the executive suites down. There are rules and regulations for how an insurance company behaves in each state.  Unfortunately, not all insurers follow them and worse, many insurers have perfected the art of creating the proverbial “fly in Read More »

A new cancer drug uses precision medicine to cure almost everyone who took it; is an affordable cure almost here?

A new cancer drug uses precision medicine to cure almost everyone who took it; is an affordable cure almost here? There has been a lot of buzz lately about the use of precision medicine in the treatment of cancer.  In a previous blog, we talked about the article in Popular Science that discussed the process of how using genetics to match up the tumor to the drug may be the answer but it is not without its caveat’s. A new drug that uses a different precision approach may be the answer since its cure rates are so high. Loxo Oncology, Read More »

The high cost of healthcare in the United States; the truth behind why we pay so much as compared to other countries.

The high cost of healthcare in the United States; the truth behind why we pay so much as compared to other countries. The cost of care in the USA continues to increase, yet other countries pay half or less than we do for care that is  better value.   The problem, as per Forbes’s is a systemic one, with the incentives created by the system, led by insurance companies and less so by the center for Medicare services. In the 1960’s, as many baby boomers remember,  doctors had real relationships with their patients, and primary care was where you began and often ended Read More »

Statin-nation; Are these new guidelines designed to promote low cholesterol or double the usage of statin cholesterol meds?

Statin-nation; Are these new guidelines designed to promote low cholesterol or double the usage of statin cholesterol meds? This past Wednesday, the NJ Star-Ledger reported that the “Push is on to put more U.S. adults on statins. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have an understanding of how dangerous Statins are. Drug marketers are very shrewd, especially since the regulatory authorities, the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology with of course the advice and money of big pharma are all in on the idea that more of us need to buy their Read More »

Is sugar a drug with an addictive side effect; poor health? Forbes examines the problem with sugar.

Is sugar a drug with an addictive side effect; poor health? Forbes examines the problem with sugar. For years, there have been many talking heads who have spoken about the problem with sugar and how it is a poison to our bodies. While I personally believe that anything in moderation is likely to not be detrimental to ones health, the fact is that breads (that turn into sugar in our body – simple carbohydrates) and sweet drinks can be addictive. People who eat loads of simple carbohydrates such as refined sugar, pasta and breads are often referred to as carbohydrate Read More »