Tag: healthcare costs

NJ healthcare costs rise again, so where does all the money go?

NJ healthcare costs rise again, so where does all the money go? Most healthcare providers on the front lines such as internists, chiropractors and pediatricians have been accustomed to insurers doing things to further decrease their reimbursements and their roles in healthcare, which reduced cost. Recently, a friend of mine who is a local Doctor of Osteopathy was talking about how United set their fee schedule so low that he would only allow his PA to see these patients.  He also told me about how they stopped paying him for two months because they said he was removed from their Read More »

The NY Times asks why it is so hard for doctors to unlearn things. Is the lack of unlearning driving healthcare costs?

The NY Times asks why it is so hard for doctors to unlearn things. Is the lack of unlearning driving healthcare costs? The NY Times recently looked into why doctors have such a hard time learning new things.  One of the most difficult problems is to teach doctors to unlearn bad habits in the past which would can lead to lower costs and less potentially harmful practices.  Many of these practices are driving healthcare costs. Recently, a systematic review in JAMA Pediatrics looked at the overuse in pediatric care in 2016 regarding Pedialyte use that was more expensive than other less Read More »

What is the “real driver of high healthcare costs” in the USA

What is  the “real driver of high healthcare costs” in the USA Everyone who is a policymaker on healthcare has an opinion on why our costs for healthcare are so high in the USA.  One of the most obvious reasons for high healthcare costs in the USA is that we moved away from primary care years ago and turned them into the 10 minute or less doctor and the walk in clinic.   Doctors used to spend the time to diagnose, and treat you as they saw fit.  If something did not seem right, they would draw blood and take do the work Read More »

Are the hospital systems about to be Trumped? Our president’s new health secretary warns hospitals that their costs are on his radar.

Are the hospital systems about to be Trumped? Our president warns our hospitals that their costs are on his radar. Anyone who has had a test in the hospital, or in a hospital related system is aware of how dysfunctional and overpriced these services can be. The system of high prices, billing services sending us bills from people we may not know and in and out of network scams is a huge part of what drives the cost of care. If small medical practices ran their offices like that, they would likely be out of business. President Trumps new healthcare Read More »

Obesity increases cancer risk according to the NY Times.

Obesity increases cancer risk according to the NY Times. More younger American’s are overweight resulting in future costly health problems.  True, many children do not get the same level of activity many adults once had.  This may be partially due to how we bring up our children, what we allow them to eat and how we use food as a method to keep them busy when they are very young. Snacking habits are part of the problem in the USA, since many of the snacks our children have eaten have poor nutritional value. When these habits visit countries like Brazil, Read More »