Health Care

2:00pm

Tue May 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

These Health Law Bets Are No Figure Of Speech

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 7:43 am

How much would you wager on the constitutionality of the sweeping federal health law?
Images_of_Money Flickr

The stakes are high in the U.S. Supreme Court's consideration of the 2010 health law, as countless commentators have observed. In some circles, however, the gambling metaphor has been pushed to its logical conclusion.

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11:40am

Tue May 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Religious Rules And Women's Health Collide

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:18 pm

Hospital rules can affect a woman's options for care.
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When you go to the hospital these days, chances are good that it will be affiliated with a religious organization. And while that may might just mean the chaplain will be of a specific denomination or some foods will be off limits, there may also be rules about the kind of care allowed.

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1:14am

Tue May 8, 2012
Family Matters: The Money Squeeze

Long-Term-Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:50 am

AnnaBelle Bowers' long-time physician, Walter Watkin, gives her a kiss on the forehead at the end of her visit. When asked how long she had been coming to see him, he said, "Long enough for her file to be 2 inches thick."
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Americans routinely buy all sorts of insurance — for cars, homes, health and even pets and boats.

But when it comes to long-term-care insurance, relatively few sign up. Out of more than 313 million Americans, only about 8 million have any such protection, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. The low participation rate largely reflects the high cost of long-term-care insurance.

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3:09pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Health

Poorest & Uninsured Patients To See Price Break As Hickenlooper Signs Assistance Bill

Governor Hickenlooper signing SB-16, photo taken on March 29, 2011
Colorado Senate GOP Flickr - Creative Commons

7:13am

Wed May 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Despite Cheaper Alternatives

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:38 am

Build a cardiac catheterization lab and doctors will tend to use it, even if treatment with drugs alone would suffice.
iStockphoto.com

Why do some doctors keep performing expensive medical procedures after it becomes apparent there are cheaper and equally safe ways to treat patients? A study of cardiac procedures in Michigan takes a crack at this question, and while it comes up short on definitive answers, it has some provocative findings.

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