Author Archives: Kathleen

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Kathleen O’Connor: 30+ year health care consumer advocate, non-profit executive and author. For more information about Kathleen, please see "About" on the main content bar above.

Alzheimer’s Disease Innovation in Japan

I don’t usually do this, but I find this article and innovation fascinating. My mother and Great Aunt had Alzheimer’s Disease so it is always on my radar.  Japan is considered one of the leaders in Alzheimer’s care.  I hope … Continue reading

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A Tale of A Stroke: Two People’s Love, Courage and Community– from Millionaire to Medicaid

Nearly 15  years ago I met and have gotten to know another health care journalist–Mary Koch. We have kept in contact over these many years and I had the honor of meeting her and her husband, who has since died … Continue reading

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Rates, Regulations and Body Parts

Years ago I wrote an article about our Rates, Regulations and Body Parts approach to health care.  This approach has caused thousands of  legislative bills and laws for specific coverage and rates. A few examples include:  Mental health Children’s health … Continue reading

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Interesting Stories on ER Costs and More

I am in the throes of moving, but I found this article of interest, especially since it originates with a hospital north of Spokane, Washington. Not quite in my backyard, but close enough to be of interest.  I don’t have … Continue reading

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Medicare, Medicaid and Republican Proposal: What It Means for You

Insurance Insurance is the law of large numbers. Without a long dissertation—here are some basics:  You need many healthy people to offset the costs of sicker people. You need healthy people to offset the costs of older and often sicker … Continue reading

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Our Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness

Our country is founded on essential rights: we are created equal; we all have equal protection under the law and we all have  the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Health care is essential to those rights … Continue reading

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Moving, Medicaid, and Tax Cuts

Hello, I am in the process of moving so I will have few, if any, blogs until September. Medicaid When, it comes to Medicaid, however, nearly 2/3 of all Medicaid spending is for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes. … Continue reading

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Drug Ads Coming on Facebook!

Yes, drug advertising is coming to Facebook and its new Facebook Health initiative.   Congress allowed direct to consumer advertising in 1997.  Before that time they were not allowed to do so.  One way to try to ‘control’ drug costs … Continue reading

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Personal Doctor for $40,000 to $80,000 a Year? Try San Francisco, Seattle and a Few More

In my last blog, I wrote that nearly half of all Medicare recipients have annual incomes under $26,000.  For those who depend on Social Security, Social Security income depends on where and how you work—full-time/part time; self-employed, seasonally employed. Or … Continue reading

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War on Seniors and the Poor?

Current proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will cause great harm to  seniors and poor families. The proposals also pit the welfare of seniors against the welfare of  children and poor families. Here’s why: Nearly half of … Continue reading

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