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Consumer cost lookup

Six ways to cut your healthcare costs

Oct 27, 2014 - economy, family, healthcare, technology - 0 Comments - Standard

Consumer cost lookupGoing to the hospital can be a frightening experience, getting your healthcare bill a few weeks after you’ve been discharged from the hospital can be another one. Yes, you may have healthcare insurance but between the co-pays, deductibles and everything that is not covered, the actual bill you have to pay may be much more than you anticipated. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way.… Read the rest

Total United States Medicare Costs

Medicare expenditures shown visually

May 26, 2012 - economy, family, healthcare - 1 Comments - Standard

Healthcare expenditures in the United States have been increasing for years by double digits and although cost increases have slowed, the damage has been done. We hear billions and trillions are being spent on health care, but what do we really know about where all this money is going? How much do we really spend and on what? What type of health care services are we spending all this money on?… Read the rest

health has its price

Mental health in NY: Capitation at work

Apr 25, 2011 - economy, healthcare, politics - 4 Comments - Standard
health has its price

health has its price

On January 5, 2011 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order establishing the Medicaid Redesign Team. The Medicaid Redesign Team was given the task of providing guidance, advice and recommendations to the Governor on ways to save Medicaid dollars while improving medical outcomes. The board consisted of 25 members whose task was to submit a report by March 1, 2011 of its findings and its recommendations for consideration in the budget process for the 2011-12 New York State fiscal year.… Read the rest

The Social World

Social media, healthcare and developing better relationships

Mar 28, 2011 - healthcare, industry, technology - 3 Comments - Standard
The Social World

The social world

The article Health Care and Social Media: Building Relationships via Social Networks by Hackworth and Kunz examines how people interact with “health 2.0” resources and how healthcare companies can best utilize them to develop better relationships with their customers. Unfortunately, the products and services healthcare organizations provide are intimidating to would be customers. Traditionally, healthcare organization marketers promoted their services through TV, radio, magazine and newspaper.… Read the rest

Reductions in Medicare

Congressional Insanity: Cut Medicare by 21% but expand services?

Sep 22, 2010 - economy, healthcare, politics - 36 Comments - Standard

As of June 18, 2010 the Senate failed to postpone the 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE. The postponement amendment failed to pass. If the amendment to postpone the cut would have passed it would have been attached to H.R. 4213 which was a larger jobs bill. The jobs bill with a smaller SGR fix also failed to pass and was defeated in the Senate, 56-40.… Read the rest

So little for so much

Why we can’t shop for a bargain CAT scan

Sep 16, 2010 - economy, healthcare, industry - 1 Comments - Standard
Shopping for health
Shopping for health

In traditional markets, buyers exert pressure on the quality of products they want to purchase. This is because of people’s ability to buy or not to buy a manufacture’s product, depending on how they view the quality of the product at a certain price. The quality of most consumer products for purchase is apparent through review, comparison and competition.… Read the rest

Out of Pocket in Ten Years

Why WE can’t afford healthcare

Jun 15, 2009 - economy, healthcare, industry, politics - 0 Comments - Standard

During the 1940’s employee insurance became the standard model by which health care clients begin to pay their medical bills. Offering employee health insurance became a primary method of attracting employees in part because it was an inexpensive benefit. Another reason employer’s began offering medical coverage was because during World War II employers were barred from raising wages. Employers needed to attract good employees and offering health coverage was one of these methods.… Read the rest