Health Education

How to lower your medical expenses: negotiate!

Discussing medical costs with your doctor will help control your bill.  Most physicians still assume all of their patients have adequate insurance; if that is not the case, tell him so!  Enlisting your doctor’s help to reduce your expenses can net huge savings — some medications may be of questionable efficacy; certain diagnostics may...

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If your diagnosis is eluding your doctor:

According to Dr. Jerome Groopman, in How Doctors Think, a good question to ask is, “What else could this be?”

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Are physicians adequately educated about nutrition?

“I know we’re supposed to know about nutrition and diet, but none of us really does.”

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Efficient Doctors Dodge Questions!

Why good doctors give useless answers.

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HHS offers resources to find medical providers

Locator services include home healthcare, community health centers, hospice information, and much more.

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End-of-life planning does not constitute a “death panel.”

A thoughtful, sad narrative of a mother and daughter’s final farewell.  End-of-life planning, made before one is in crisis, expands choices, facilitates communication and gives one time to obtain more information.  An example of such a conversation:  “If you are sick with incurable cancer, when the time comes, do you want us to use technology...

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Top Spine Surgeons Reap Royalties, Medicare Bounty – WSJ

In fact, many spine surgeries aren't needed.

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Planning Your Healthcare Needs in Advance Does Not Constitute a “Death Panel.”

How ironic that a process which will give you more choice and control is construed as life-threatening by certain fear-mongering entities with an agenda.  It takes time to learn about your future options within various scenarios in which you may find yourself, and your trusted primary care doctor now will finally be compensated for...

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Yet Again Music Demonstrates its Power for Healing…

The skills involved in listening to music, and reading music notation, are directly applicable to the training of medical students as they study cardiac rhythms and patterns.  The Lancet elaborates:

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As healthcare consumers, your active involvement in medical care maximizes your successful healing.

‎”Patient involvement in their health care is likely to reduce errors, adverse events, and nonadherence to treatment. Emphasis is being increasingly placed on developing partnerships between patients, physicians, and other health professionals. This may also reduce the economic burden of chronic disease and enhance healing and illness management.” Physician Communication: Barriers to Achieving Shared...

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