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Containing The High Cost of Healthcare By Providing Primary Care

While we ponder how the new Republican-controlled US House of Representatives will tackle healthcare reform, there are some practicle issues I wanted to revisit with you. I particular, we should discuss how healthcare expenses are unevenly distributed across the population: For example, analysis of health care spending shows that: Five percent of the population accounts […]

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The Doctor Is In-No More Waiting For An Appointment

ZocDoc is a free service that allows patients to book doctor and dentist appointments on line. This service began in September ’07 and in the beginning of this month it added Dallas to its provider list. Doctors must pay between $200 and $250 a month, depending on specialty, to be listed on ZocDoc.com. ZocDoc offers more […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-Congress Delays Physican Payment Cut 6 Months

Doctors will be temporarily spared a 21% cut in Medicare payments under a bill passed by Congress yesterday. As usual, Congress just “kicked the can down the road”; instead of permanently fixing the payment formula known as SGR, they merely postponed the inevitable six months. However, most importantly, seniors and military service members don’t have […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-Bending the Cost Curve

When the Dartmouth Atlas on Healthcare reported the huge disparity in Medicare spending across the country which could not be explained by differences in the quality of care or different patient populations, Medicare wanted to explore its options on provider reimbursement. Currently, providers are paid by the services they perform without regard to quality and it is estimated […]

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Reforming Health and Healthcare

There is a lot of talk about disease prevention in the discussions on healthcare reform. However, not all the necessary players are participating if we are going to achieve this. Prevention is more than annual visits to your primary care doctor annually. It is the social change that is necessary to eradicate poverty, reform education and increase literacy. It must […]

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