As Your Medical Care Advances, Is There a Price?

In many ways, the rising cost of healthcare is the price of a job well done.

American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. It’s given people longer, better lives. Training, research and technology advancements have enabled us to lengthen the average person’s life by nearly a decade. We’ve also improved quality of life for people, not only as they age but also as they deal with illness or injury.

3 Ways to Save Lives and Cut Healthcare Costs

You know the cost of healthcare in the United States is high, but the statistics are truly staggering. Healthcare costs make up almost one-fourth of the federal budget. They also account for 18 percent of America’s gross domestic product. That’s why our country is shifting to value-based care. If value-based care sounds like a buzzword … Read More

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Healthcare’s Finest Hour: Technology Drives Advances

It’s a whole new world. The old way of practicing medicine is just that — an old way of doing things. While it took us a while to get to this point, I can say confidently this new world of healthcare will be better for all of us. Patients, doctors, and the people who pay for healthcare services all will benefit.

The Day of the Passive Patient Is Over

Healthcare is a team sport. And you – the patient – are the No. 1 draft pick. It’s your body, your health, your life. Why shouldn’t you have a voice – and a strong one – in your own care?

Medical Cost Control Is a Patriotic Duty

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, as 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering:  What will the government do for healthcare – and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States.

No. 8 Innovation: A Personal Sedation Station (Video)

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 100 of its top experts about the innovations set to reshape healthcare in the coming year. These are their answers — the Top 10 Innovations for 2014. Colonoscopies are crucial tests for detecting colon cancer and other digestive diseases. But they’re also the most expensive routine screenings that healthy people … Read More

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How Is Healthcare Like Football?

Too many patients use the emergency room for primary care. Too many people have different doctors who don’t talk to each other. Too many chronically ill patients slip through the cracks of our healthcare system. There are ways to fix these problems. One of them is the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The PCMH is not … Read More