costs

Cancer is expensive and price transparency is a little bit helpful.

I intend to triple with this piece: deets about the cost burden of cancer, a bit of personal history, and a plug for the ACA. Cancer is an industry that for many reasons that make sense and some that are disgusting and controversial (but I’m not fighting that battle today) is full to bursting with […]

(GOOD NEWS AFTER THE ARTICLE) This study shows so much of what’s wrong with medical research today | The Incidental Economist

This study shows so much of what’s wrong with medical research today | The Incidental Economist. I won’t wade too deeply into this pool right now. Every moment I spend is borrowed time from NCLEX studying. But it’s worth mentioning that despite the incredibly difficult environment of academic research I see all around me nurse […]

“This is a lesson in you never know which day will be your last” –ICU preceptor

image At the community hospital we don’t generally see extremely sick patients. We see a lot of patients who are finishing a long battle with chronic lifestyle-related illness. At the end of their rope. Not many in our ICU are in the grip of acute critical illness. Yesterday I saw my first patient in that category. […]

The Story of Medicare-Video from the Kaiser Family Foundation

image I booed, I cheered, I said OH SNAP when the senior protesters lost it on Reagan for passing a bill on the backs of the elderly. Thanks to Dr. Rick Mayes for making this part of our coursework.

From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages – ProPublica

Under federal law, nonprofit hospitals must offer care at a reduced cost to lower income patients, a service often called charity care. But crucial details—how poor patients need to be, how much bills are reduced, and how policies are publicized—are left to the hospital. The Affordable Care Act empowered the IRS to set new requirements […]

A complete novice refutes the statements of a qualified professional

Why I oppose payment reform- Alan Weil, Health Affairs Blog Interesting article but I’ve got counterpoints ’cause I’m a student with more opinions than I have a right to and am cocksure enough to comment on statements made by the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs. Summaries of his points are in bold. Please read his article regarding opposing […]

Now everyone feels bad about the pies.

(Image from CDC) Happy day after Thanksgiving. Now that we’re all in regret mode, diabetes! This is a slow-motion public health train wreck, amiright? And it’s another marker of race disparity in health… but I’ll save that for another day. Diagnostic for diabetes: Hemoglobin A1C>=6.5 OR 8 hour fasting plasma glucose of >= 126 mg/dl OR […]

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