Tag Archives: medical care

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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New Patient-Centered Resource for Patients and Researchers

New healthcare technology is developed every day. But, with all the hope of these innovations comes important questions about safety:  Patients want to know if this technology will work for them? Does it add value or will it just increase cost? … Continue reading

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When the System Works

I have long been a critic of our health care system. I remain a critic of the system itself, as I believe it serves neither patient nor provider well with all its rules, rates, eligibility, networks, access, coverage and too … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–Human Consequences of Turning A Blind Eye

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi “Let your conscience be your guide” is a conviction we have not learned as a society when it comes to health care. As a country we … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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Who Have We Become?

Speaker Paul Ryan’s new call to repeal the Affordable Care Act is either a bluff or completely blind and heartless. Imperfect as it is—and the legislation certainly has flaws—the Act assures people have access to health insurance even with a … Continue reading

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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine and Integrative Health

The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Science was awarded to three scientists this year.  One was for Malaria treatment using natural medicine. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/ Laureates’ work and biographies: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/press.html I rely on heavily on Western medicine but I have also successfully … Continue reading

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My New Appointment to Medical Quality Assurance Commission

I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed by Governor Inslee to serve as one of six public members on the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission.   The Commission’s goal is: “Promoting patient safety and enhancing the integrity of … Continue reading

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