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In a good economy you may not need to think of pet resources; in a tougher economy, though, how do you afford low cost vet care and pet food?
The following are insurance resources for the entire section on your medical insurance.
It may have a bit of conjecture to it, but in the near future, as a result of the decrease of physicians/providers and the increase in the insured, there's a 2-tiered health system coming.
One tier would have insurance outside of the Obamacare offerings, paid out-of-pocket in some manner. The other tier would be the rest, because the insurance reimburses at below-market levels for services provided.
A doctor writes about his patient, a nurse, and her thoughts of receiving palliative care for ovarian cancer. This article outlines how this care helped her to face the change in her health.
Premium, deductible, co-pay, coinsurance, maximum out-of-pocket, provider network, covered services, annual limits on services and excluded services; now that's all quite a mouthful.
And apparently it can be confusion to people when they are in the marketplace for health insurance. Get a bit of clarification with this article.
If you are trying to determine what (some) of your costs will be for health insurance, given the change in the Affordable Care Act's making it a necessity to have, this calculator will help. It does not collect your personal information, and gives an estimate of your premiums and any applicable subsidies.
I was denied based on a 6 month waiting period for urogenital disorders, after my doctor ordered me to have an ultrasound to rule out that I had testicular
Many of the questions that we get are about insurance (or lack of it) and occasionally we'll get one about the cost of hospital bills.
This article from the NY Times examines how an IV bag of normal saline (salt water) can cost so much on your bill.
When my dear father was dying, the last few days were the worst. He was in bed, comatose, the last two days. At one point, I was in his room with him.
Love it or leave it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) is causing businesses to change their way of looking at health insurance coverage for their employees and their family members. Some are cutting hours, others are cutting coverage from spouses who can get coverage from their own employers.
On this site you can check your doctor's credentials for Board Certification. It is well-rounded, also, with information on how to be effective in taking charge of your healthcare (a theme of our site), and a resource page for government, consumer group and general resources.
Through 2014, the patents on 3 variations of recombinant insulin will be expiring; find out what this may mean. (Hint: biosimilars.)
I've heard from a few physicians, and read of others, that they intend to not take insurance any more. Of any variety. Instead, they will offer medical care to their patients using some variation of private pay in order to reduce office costs and improve their satisfaction with their patient care.
This article provides an article written by the L.A. Times about the safety of hospitals in the state of California.
It also has a link to the original ranking organization so that you can check your local (not just California) ranking of hospitals.