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'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career

Celeste Headlee | NPR | April 17, 2014

A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?

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America’s Healthcare Secret Pricing Scandal Exposed

For everyone who is literally sick and tired of being held ransom by a corrupt healthcare system where insurance companies, their lobbyists, hospital networks, and pharmaceutical companies have had the upper hand by keeping us in the pricing dark, Pratter believes it is time for the unsustainability and unfairness of secret pricing and crippling “surprise” medical bills to stop. This article exposes America’s secret pricing scandal like never before and how it is carefully and purposefully crafted. A review of several self-insured companies’ medical bills has led to the following conclusions. They call their pricing proprietary. We call it secret and unethical. Take your secretly priced anti-nausea medicine and keep reading.

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Drones Are More Helpful than Ever in Hurricane-Ravaged Texas and Florida

Thom Patterson | CNN | September 25, 2017

Unmanned aircraft — small and large — swooped in during the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to get a glimpse of the devastation. That's why insurance companies have been using drone technology more than ever before to quickly -- and safely -- assess damage from the storm. It's only been fairly recently that commercial drone technology has advanced enough to take on this task on a large economic scale. And the insurance industry is just beginning to fully embrace it...

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Group Advocates For Single-Payer System Over HIX

Tammy Worth | Government Health IT | March 17, 2014

Even as the Affordable Care Act is in its nascent stages, some states are already looking toward 2017 when they can request waivers to opt out of the healthcare exchanges. And a small, but persistent, movement has popped up toward a single payer system as an alternative to participating in the exchanges.

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Hawaii and Health Care: A Small State Takes a Giant Step Forward

Ann Waldo | O'Reilly Radar | August 21, 2012

In an era characterized by political polarization and legislative stalemate, the tiny state of Hawaii has just demonstrated extraordinary leadership. The rest of the country should now recognize, applaud, and most of all, learn from Hawaii’s accomplishment. Read More »

Health Law May Strain Mental Health System

Beth Miller | USA Today | November 3, 2013

The Affordable Care Act will open doors for more patients to get treatment, but resources may not be there to meet the demand in states such as Delaware. Read More »

Health Reform’s Problems Run Deeper Than A Glitchy Website

Philip Caper | Bangor Daily News | November 14, 2013

Serious problems with the websites created by the Affordable Care Act continue, and probably will for a long time. Although frantic efforts at incrementally improving them are being made by the Obama administration, and some sites are working better than others, they are a long way from working well. Read More »

Healthcare Just Sucks For Technology Startups

Blaine Warkentine | LinkedIn | March 20, 2014

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and rest all compete for online ad dollars totaling something like 180B a year in total market value. Healthcare on the other hand consumes 2.8T or 15 times larger. Meanwhile, the number of pure Health technology companies that have a valuation of something close to a billion (outside of EHR's) is under a single handful.

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Hospital CEOs Behaving Badly And The Devastating Consequences On The Middle Class

Dave Chase | Forbes | August 26, 2016

When big health insurers propose mergers, it makes for good antitrust enforcement theater to try to block them. However, if government officials want to address anti-competitive activities that have a dramatically bigger impact, they should shift their focus to local market provider M&A activity that consistently show prices increase after the deal is done. However, the most rapacious, anti-competitive practices I’ve seen in my entire career have come from hospitals–frequently from tax-exempt “nonprofits” that would make John D. Rockefeller blush with their brutal actions. The combined impact has created a middle class economic depression that has driven populist presidential campaign success, which was highlighted in a recently released Brookings study.

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Linux Whips Apple's macOS in the Race to the Automobile CarOS

I don't think much about it while I'm driving, but I sure do love that my car is equipped with a system that lets me use a few buttons and my voice to call my wife, mom, and children. That same system allows me to choose whether I listen to music streaming from the cloud, satellite radio, or the more traditional AM/FM radio. I also get weather updates and can direct my in-vehicle GPS to find the fastest route to my next destination. In-vehicle infotainment, or IVI as it's known in the industry, has become ubiquitous in today's newest automobiles...

Millions Losing Health Plans Under Obamacare. Did President Mislead? (+Video)

Peter Grier | DC Decoder | October 29, 2013

It turns out that at least 7 million Americans will not be able to keep their current health insurance plans under Obamacare, news reports say, despite Obama's assurances that they would. Read More »

My Big Idea For Healthcare: Pricing Transparency

Mary Pat Whaley | LinkedIn | June 6, 2013

Last December I wrote about what I thought would be the "Big Idea" for healthcare in 2013. "Show me the fees!" I said. Well, they have - in fact, much more than I would have ever imagined. 2013 has seen an explosion in pricing transparency in healthcare - or maybe better said, charging information in healthcare... Read More »

My Name Is Rob. And I’m A Recovering Doctor.

Rob Lamberts | The Health Care Blog | June 22, 2013

Yeah, I am recovering…doing a lot better, actually.  Things are tough, but they are a lot better since I left my destructive relationship with Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies.  I’ve had to learn how to manage my own money (now that I can’t count on them to bail me out any more), but things are looking a lot better... Read More »

The New (Old) Family Doctor: Cheaper, Better Care Without Insurance

DailyFinance | Bruce Watson | June 7, 2013

For a growing number of doctors who are trying to recapture the simplicity -- and profitability -- of old fashioned family medicine, the solution seems to lie in taking out one ingredient: insurance companies. Read More »