When open enrollment season for insurance arrives, you’ll face a wider range of choices than ever before — especially with a second round of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges starting in November. Heed this expert advice: Do your homework. When shopping for a plan, start with the basics of what you’re … Read More
It’s high time for patients to take an active role in their own healthcare.
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.
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.
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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?
Imagine you work in the health care industry: You have the knowledge. You make the rules. Until one day you yourself experience a major health problem. Suddenly, everything changes. Now, you’re the patient in the bed. You’re the one who’s helpless and dependent. That’s what happened to the health care workers in this video. The … Read More
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.
The national discussion about healthcare reform continues, especially as the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace coverage is set to take effect in January. Healthcare reform is a heated topic, and there is plenty of confusion about what is fact and what is fiction. As we all talk about the future of healthcare, our discussion … Read More
Americans talk about our healthcare “system.” But it’s not really a system at all. It’s a hodgepodge. We have about 800,000 doctors in the United States. Some doctors work in hospitals. Some work in groups. About 40 percent are on their own. These small-scale practitioners deliver healthcare as kind of a cottage industry: intimate, craftsmanlike, with lots of personal attention. But as doctors, we need to ask ourselves what’s best for the patient. Many people believe that healthcare is best delivered by larger practice entities – and I agree.
Contributor: A. Marc Harrison, MD, CEO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi When it became possible to digitize medical records, it made life better for patients. The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) has had far-reaching effects on medicine – driving up access, safety, transparency, operational excellence and quality. Very few patients around the world have free access to … Read More