Lowering Health Care Costs: Some Benevolent Geniuses Are On It

It turns out medical professionals and other smart folks with resources really are trying to shift the status quo. They’re even making progress.

When Your Health Insurance Drops Your Hospital, Which Means You Must Drop It

I’m feeling more in sympathy with the Lost Boys these days as I’m forced to adult as hard as I can on several fronts at once. Including: choosing a new health plan.

Deals Make The Fine Print Extra Fine

I wasn’t sure I could afford a gym membership. Then I checked the fine print on my health insurance.

Thoughts on Medicare’s 50th Birthday

“What the patient really needs is better insurance.”

The physician said it abruptly, matter-of-factly. Her comment was not meant to evoke empathy in the rest of the medical team. She stated it like a diagnosis.

The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

In January, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying that he was skipping his annual physical, which he argued as costly and ineffective.

A Last-Minute Guide to Buying Health Insurance

While the Affordable Care Act certainly has its detractors, 2014 was a good year for Obamacare. The self-employed, underemployed, or otherwise ineligible took advantage of the state and federal exchanges last year, and their participation drove the nationwide uninsured rate to its lowest ever. Insurance companies posted all-time high share prices in the third quarter last year thanks in part to an increased subscriber base provided by the law’s mandate. Healthcare.gov’s Marketplace is not as bad as you’ve heard. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. But the velvet rope is closing soon: The open enrollment deadline is February 15th.

How Much is Too Much for a Root Canal?

Ok I Get It, You Can Worry About Cost Now, You Have My Permission

Canada is Also Not an Abortion Utopia, Unfortunately

Women’s rights in the north.

Technically Legal But In Actuality Not

Natasha Vargas Cooper breaks down how abortion rights are restricted across the country: “While it is unconstitutional to ban abortions outright, states like Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia and a dozen others have been chipping away at women’s right to choose by keeping abortion technically legal, but increasingly difficult to obtain. Here’s how they do it.”