This year, the average American family of four will expend $28,653 on health care, making it the most expensive item on household budgets, more costly than a home mortgage. As for getting care when you need it, wait times to see a primary doctor for a non-COVID-19 problem now exceed the pre-COVID-19 delay of more than four months. For Medicaid patients, the wait maybe forever as only 68 percent of U.S. family physicians accept new Medicaid patients. … [Read more...] about With COVID-19 receding, we the patients must fix health care
Efficiency health care
While a pandemic forced our hands in its adoption, the harsh reality is that the widespread use of telemedicine should have been deeply woven into health care for years now. In a society where we crave technology and gadgets, health care has been woefully behind on this front — despite the fact that our consumers desire it. Younger patients in particular expect more from us — in prior years they have been dissatisfied by the technologic applications at their home health care institutions. … [Read more...] about Will telemedicine save US health care?
THE FACTS: No, not all hospitals and front-line workers got the ventilators and personal protective equipment they needed. States were left scrambling in the early weeks of the pandemic, while Trump scoffed at some of their requests, calling them inflated. … [Read more...] about AP fact check: Trump, GOP distort on health care, voting fraud
How will the states figure all this out? Tara Straw at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities tells me, “Part of California’s protection of abortion services is wrapped up in courts’ interpretation of its constitution. That makes it all much more complicated for the state.” I queried University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley, a health-care expert, who floated some theories but no firm conclusions. “At a minimum,” he says, “you’d want an answer to that question before passing a major piece of legislation that could affect hundreds of thousands of Californians.” … [Read more...] about Health-Care Experts Keep Finding New Terrible Things in the Republicans’ Shoddy Repeal Bill
At the center of the suit are new nondiscrimination rules, released by the Department of Health and Human Services in May, which state that insurers must cover the same treatments for transgender patients that they would for everyone else. The guidelines also say health-care providers are required to provide treatment to transgender patients and allow them to use facilities that match their gender identity. … [Read more...] about 5 States Sue the Federal Government Over Transgender Health-Care Protections