Dr. Michael Ciampi, a doctor in Portland, ME, has made some revolutionary changes in his medical practice. This family physician stopped accepting all forms of health insurance and is committed to posting all of the prices for his services on his practice’s website. It may seem extreme, but I honestly think this is a step in the right direction in terms of fixing our country’s terribly expensive healthcare system. More
Topic: health care
Some people have really poor judgment. Here are some times when you should go to the doctor instead of internet researching your medical condition. More
According to the results of a new study, most people diagnosed with clinical depression in America probably shouldn’t be.
The majority of doctors and scientific researchers now acknowledge a link between diet and cancer. Wanna guess how many of the United States’ national cancer network websites contain any food and nutrition information for cancer patients?
It’s been three years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, bringing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans who would otherwise be a single illness or accident away from financial ruin. And who wants to guess how conservative Republican Michele Bachmann celebrated? By spouting the same old false facts and hyperbole of course. More
The Obama administration issued a final rule Wednesday that mental health care is included in the “essential health benefits” that must be covered by most health insurance plans beginning. It’s a move that could bring mental health care access to an additional 32 million people in 2014, the administration says. More
It’s a little surreal how little conventional doctors spend talking with patients about nutrition. But nutrition science hasn’t historically been a big part of med school, even if it is a big factor in chronic disease. More
More companies and private insurance plans are implementing or seriously considering “selling health insurance by the pound,” as MarketWatch puts it — making workers with high BMIs and chronic conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol pay extra for health care coverage. More
In an effort to reduce our national debt and cut spending, Republicans are renewing their push to cut Medicaid. Meanwhile, Democrats are not budging on this and refuse to cut this government health care program that serves 60 million low-income Americans. So what exactly is the right answer here? More
Everyone’s been writing about the new state-by-state health rankings released yesterday by the United Health Foundation. The best 5-word summary of the 2012 American Health Rankings might be “Americans are living longer, sicker.” It seems Gen X, Gen Y and the next few generations will be the first to grow up with both an expectation of obscene longevity and habits/unhealthy lifestyles that make us sicker, earlier, than any previous generation*. More
Psychologists are having trouble drumming up business not because psychology has a “branding problem” but because they refuse to let go of outdated talk therapy models and embrace evidence-based mental health treatments, writes Maia Szalavitz at Time. As someone with a little experience in the mental health care system, I couldn’t agree more. More