Not sure if this is a list that any hospital wants to be at the top of:
When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Be it a cardiac stent, a . . . → Read More: Cedars-Sinai Tops Lists for Hospital Pricing
Why are Americans unaware of Obamacare? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!
Just a reminder that some folks are still trying to keep the single-payer dream alive:
Wes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield.
But gaining access to that insurance soon proved . . . → Read More: Is a Single-Payer System Still on the Table?
We’re still mulling over the implications of Angelina Jolie’s stunning announcement this week, but one note. While we applaud her bravery in bringing so much attention to an important issue in women’s health, we strongly suggest that anyone thinking of undergoing the BRAC1 gene testing to read Dr. H. Gilbert Welch’s opinion piece in CNN:
. . . → Read More: Angelina Jolie: Before You Rush Out To Get Tested…
There’s been a lot of talk about the so-called Oregon Experiment. Oregon conducts an annual lottery for a few precious spots in its state Medicaid program. Recently, a group of researchers looked into the program, as a look as to whether an expanded Medicaid makes any difference to people’s health.
Well, Kaiser Health News . . . → Read More: The Oregon Medicaid Lottery, a Winner’s Story
If Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement about her decision to have a double mastectomy has made you think about the procedure, you’re not alone:
Approximately 100,000 women undergo mastectomies each year, according to Decision Researches, a Burlington, Massachusetts industry analysis group, and the popularity of the procedure has grown. Rates of double mastectomies more than doubled . . . → Read More: Double Mastectomies, Numbers Rise and So Do Costs
Bruce Watson has a great breakdown of some of the cost issues involved in making decisions like Angelina Jolie’s to have a preventative double mastectomy:
On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie drew headlines with her announcement that she has undergone a preventative double mastectomy. As she wrote in the pages of The New York Times, . . . → Read More: The Breast Cancer Gene Breakdown
If you’ve ever wondered what’s at stake in staying healthy, a group of researchers in Washington can now tell you: it can be the difference between solvency and financial disaster:
Cancer patients are at much greater risk of bankruptcy than people without cancer, according to a large new study. And while the new health care . . . → Read More: Cancer Patients Much More Likely to Declare Bankruptcy, Even When Insured
If you’re a small business owner, this news may not be a surprise:
Many small-business owners worry that a new tax on insurance providers in the health-care law will mean higher premiums for them, undermining the law’s capacity to lower their health-care costs.
Starting next year, the federal government will charge a new fee on . . . → Read More: Obamacare: How Much Will It Cost Small Business Owners?
Have you been tested for the breast cancer gene? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!
. . . → Read More: Angelina Jolie: How Much Can Testing and a Mastectomy Cost?