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Can Blood Donation Help Keep Your Healthy?

Okay, we are not recommending giving blood or plasma as a substitute for a doctor’s visit, but we came across an interesting article about how some uninsured Americans are finding ways to patchwork together ways of taking care of themselves, and knew we had to share:

On a crisp November morning, cars slowly fill the . . . → Read More: Can Blood Donation Help Keep Your Healthy?

Are Your Parents Taking All Their Prescription Drugs?

According to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, there’s a 1 in 5 chance that if that your parents are over 50, they are switching to cheaper prescriptions, failing to take the medicine they are supposed to or skipping trips to the doctor to save money.

Switching to cheaper prescription drugs is actually . . . → Read More: Are Your Parents Taking All Their Prescription Drugs?

Free Mammograms/Breast Screenings in St. Charles, Missouri on March 13th

Good news if you live in the St. Charles-St. Louis area and need a mammogram. The OASIS Food Pantry is offering free mammograms/breast screenings on Tuesday, March 13th.

The OASIS Food Pantry is located at 1814 Boone’s Lick Road, St Charles, Missouri. For more information and to schedule an appointment call Mercy Hospital at 314-251-6400 . . . → Read More: Free Mammograms/Breast Screenings in St. Charles, Missouri on March 13th

Tax Season: Medical Expense Tax Deductions Up!

Yup, household income may be down (way down in a lot of cases), but use of the medical care expense deduction is up. In fact, in 2009 (the last year with available data), the medical care expense deduction was actually the only itemized deduction that was up over the previous year, growing 5 percent from . . . → Read More: Tax Season: Medical Expense Tax Deductions Up!

Link of the Day: GiveForward.com

We really hope that none of you will ever have to use today’s Link of the Day, but if you or a loved one every have a medical emergency, you may have to.  We first came across GiveForward.com when we were covering the skier Sarah Burke’s medical bills and her family’s financial situation after her . . . → Read More: Link of the Day: GiveForward.com

Finding Cheaper, More Affordable Symbicort… Somewhere

At almost $140 a pop, it’s probably no surprise that we get lots of questions about trying to find cheaper, more affordable sources for Symbicort. If you suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Symbicort is one of the most commonly-prescribed treatments, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most pricey.

The good . . . → Read More: Finding Cheaper, More Affordable Symbicort… Somewhere

Is It Really Just a Health Insurance Nightmare Out There?

Every we hear about a health insurance denial, we wonder whether health insurers just sit around automatically stamping a big ol’ “DENIED” on everything that comes through. Well, according to one doctor, we may not be far off:

here is second installment of real life examples of medical insurance companies denying care.

The first is . . . → Read More: Is It Really Just a Health Insurance Nightmare Out There?

Have Been Slammed by Unexpected Dental Bills?

Here at myheaLthpeak.com we spend most of our helping folks navigate their doctor and hospital bills. After all, at this point who hasn’t been slammed by a bill that at least ten times more than you thought it would be?

But we’re starting to hear more and more about dental bills that can be every . . . → Read More: Have Been Slammed by Unexpected Dental Bills?

Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%

Yes, California health insurers are at it again. The costs of medical care may have only gone up 3.6% last year, but California’s largest health insurers are planning on raising average health insurance rates from 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of members with individual health insurance policies. Health insurance premiums have already been . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%

Remote Area Medical Will Offer Free Medical, Dental, Vision Care in Oakland March 22nd-25th

An early head’s up to anyone without health insurance or who is underinsured and needing medical, dental and/or vision care in Oakland or Northern California. After its successful free clinic in Oakland last year, the Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic plans to come back to Oakland this year and provide free medical and dental care to thousands from March 22nd . . . → Read More: Remote Area Medical Will Offer Free Medical, Dental, Vision Care in Oakland March 22nd-25th