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More Than of Half of Seniors’ E/R Visits Could Preventable

Shocking results from a new Congressional advisory board study …

Nearly 60 percent of Medicare beneficiary visits to emergency rooms and 25 percent of their hospital admissions were “potentially preventable”– had patients received better care at home or in outpatient settings — according to results of a study released Friday by a congressional advisory board.

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Do Hospitals Really Just Want Our Firstborn? Greek Dad Offers Son…

We’re wondering if any of you have actually tried this:

Many Greeks don’t have health insurance and those who do find they still have to pay doctors and pharmacists because the government hasn’t, and customers are being told only cash will be accepted.

Perhaps one of the most troublesome examples was that recently in Heraklion . . . → Read More: Do Hospitals Really Just Want Our Firstborn? Greek Dad Offers Son…

Is the ER a Financial Booby Trap?

If you’ve never thought about the financial implications of who could be taking care of you in the emergency room, well, here’s a cautionary tale:

Imagine this scenario. A young child is playing in the yard when her pet dog bites her face. Bleeding, the child is rushed to the ER and the doctor offers . . . → Read More: Is the ER a Financial Booby Trap?

Could It Cost $36,000 To Bring Your Baby Home?

This is a familiar story, but one that came up again after a good friend of ours brought her new baby home from the hospital. The bill she got wasn’t quite $36,000, but it was certainly much, much, much more than she and her husband were expecting, so we remind you again…. do your homework . . . → Read More: Could It Cost $36,000 To Bring Your Baby Home?

How Much Less Could Your Surgery Cost You?

If you don’t believe that shopping around for your medical care can make a difference, you must read this story by Dr. Jeffrey Rice, the CEO of HealthCareBlueBook.com. Dr. Rice’s 12 year-old son Jack required a minor outpatient surgery:

Jack’s surgery was scheduled at the local hospital’s outpatient surgical facility. I called the hospital to . . . → Read More: How Much Less Could Your Surgery Cost You?

Are Doctors Driving Up the Medical Costs on Purpose?

That’s the question in a new lawsuit that Aetna and United Healthcare are bringing against a group of doctors in Northern California:

With federal healthcare reform still facing political head winds despite its validation by the Supreme Court, this probably isn’t the best time for health insurers to admit their utter incompetence in handling their . . . → Read More: Are Doctors Driving Up the Medical Costs on Purpose?

Shouldn’t We All Just Pay One Price for Medical Care?

We don’t know about you, but that was certainly our takeaway from this blog by Dr. Dike Drummond over at KevinMD.com:

Hide your health insurance status and pay cash instead

Would you ever hide your health insurance to pay cash? Tell us about it at our discussion forum!

. . . → Read More: Shouldn’t We All Just Pay One Price for Medical Care?

Are Hospital Bill Collectors Going Too Far?

No words.

The hearing follows a probe by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson that alleges that Accretive used strong-arm tactics to pressure patients into paying for their care up front.

Deb Waldin of Edina testified that while curled up in a fetal position on a Fairview Southdale emergency room gurney last July, alone and . . . → Read More: Are Hospital Bill Collectors Going Too Far?

If You Could Stay At Home, Would You?

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to share an interesting article in USA Today about the new trend towards in-home hospitalization:

The man’s face was pasty, his eyes closed as he lay back in bed waiting for a wave of nausea to pass. Physician Elizabeth Ward bent over him after checking his temperature, . . . → Read More: If You Could Stay At Home, Would You?

Do Hospital Bills Treat Us Like Morons?

As if hospital bills aren’t confusing enough! Have you ever gotten a hospital bills that treated you like a moron?

It’s tough enough to be without health insurance. But do healthcare providers have to make it even worse by treating you like a moron?

Santa Monica resident Tom Wilde recently received bills from a . . . → Read More: Do Hospital Bills Treat Us Like Morons?