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Replace “Medicalese” With Plain Language

“An elderly woman sent home from the hospital develops a life-threatening infection because she doesn’t understand the warning signs listed in the discharge instructions. A man confused by an intake form in a doctor’s office reflexively writes “no” to every question because he doesn’t understand what is being asked. A young mother pours a drug that […]

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“Taking Control of Your Healthcare” now published

New Book on Healthcare Well folks, it’s finally here! To tell you the truth, I did have my doubts that the book would ever get published. I started writing it in September of 2008 and got it to the publisher in late Spring 2009. I thought it would be all down hill from there, but to […]

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Support Long-Term Care Reform

The problems with long-term care in this country became strikingly evident to me as I witnessed both my own and my wife’s parents suffer not only from chronic illnesses and other end-of-life issues, but also from a woefully inadequate system of care. We had to deal with an ineffective, fragmented healthcare system that provided expensive, duplicate, and […]

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Some Drug Makers Are Linking Price to Performance

Yesterday, the NY Times reported that some drug makers will tie drug price to performance (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/business/23cigna.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=drug%20price%20for%20performance&st=cse). This is not something new. In countries which have some leverage with big pharma because the government provides nationalized healthcare and has the power to stop payment if the drug doesn’t work well, it is customary to tie price to […]

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Healthcare Reform-Why I Cannot Feel Sorry for the Insurance Companies

Now health insurance companies (and all those concerned about “socialized” medicine) are worried that they won’t be able to compete with the proposed public health insurance plan (similar to Medicare), (see, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958544583612437.html). Bring out the violins! Boo hoo. The crisis we have in healthcare can be blamed, almost entirely, on the insurance companies who turn in […]

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