Tag: healthcare

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times.

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times. The trend toward hospital mergers has been accelerating nationally.  In NJ, the Horizon Omnia network accelerated mergers by placing small hospitals in tier 2, making them more expensive and hurting them financially.  Other predatory practices by insurers nationally have resulted in mega networks that have resulted in higher healthcare costs. There may be another side effect of large population health based chains that may adversely affect your health according to the NY Times. Hospital chains have been claiming for years that larger chains will Read More »

There are physiological differences in 70 and 90 year olds; why one size fits all doesn’t according to this doctor.

There are physiological differences in 70 and 90 year olds; why one size fits all doesn’t according to this doctor. One of the major  flaws of our healthcare system is the lack of personalization that has sometimes been fatal or placed some patients in the hospital, when their treatment turned out to be inappropriate for them. We are quite aware of one size not fitting all in the musculoskeletal system, however, with medication and medical care in general, the physiological differences at different ages can be deadly or have devastating consequences.  One example of this is that for years, doctors Read More »

Is health insurance an extended warrantee on the human body? Apparently this insurance CEO thinks so which illustrates the problem.

Is health insurance an extended warrantee on the human body?  Apparently this insurance CEO thinks so which illustrates the problem. The USA spends more on healthcare than any other country, and places it on the backs of the working public, unless of course you cannot afford it any longer.  If you make too little, or are in the middle, the government supplements the ever growing cost.  If the government increases uncertainty with funding for Obamacare being threatened, we all pay more due to uncertainty, not healthcare costs. After mismanaging healthcare for years, insurance companies are still in charged of our Read More »

A medical community in crisis over Opioids and patient choices for resolution and relief, was Opioids merely a symptom?

A medical community in crisis over Opioids and patient choices for resolution and relief, was Opioids merely a symptom? For years, the medical community has made pain control a priority.   Pain management had become one of the drivers of Opioid addition problems in the USA, helped along by a pharmaceutical industry that wanted to increase their market share. In today’s marketplace, a patient can often buy heroin off the street for less than their Opioid medication cost, which has helped fuel the growth of heroin addiction here in the USA. Doctors who recommended the medications to relieve suffering often had Read More »

AARP offices some sound advice on avoiding harmful medical mistakes.

AARP offices some sound advice on avoiding harmful medical mistakes. Medical mistakes are more common than most of us realize, and the medication you are on, or the procedure you are going to undergo can had disastrous consequences if errors are made. Many medications require doctors to constantly monitor you, especially with the cholesterol lowering statins, whose usage is questionable.   Other medications designed to regulate the heart, blood pressure and other symptoms can cause serious complication when your body changes its own chemistry in response to a long term usage of the medication. Many people because of the new Medicare Read More »