JUNE 3, 2014 – Networks, in a general sense, are not bad. In fact, most networks tend to be a good thing. The term “network” tends to conquer positive connotations in our minds most of the time. An exception is when networks operate more like cartels that serve the interest of a narrow industry, and not the consumers and so-called beneficiaries they purport to serve. … Continue reading Robert Nelson, MD: ‘The Physician’s Role in Health Plan Networks: Can We Serve Two Masters?’
By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR OCT. 17, 2014 – Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part … Continue reading “A $6,000 deductible — that’s just staggering,” she said. “I never thought I’d say this, but how many minutes until I get Medicare?”
By Katherine Restrepo Oct. 23rd, 2014 – RALEIGH — A massive government overhaul of our health care delivery system continues to unfold, and the nation is embarking upon uncharted territory. Providers are fed up with reduced payments, spending more time wading through convoluted third-party paperwork, and not being reimbursed in a timely fashion. (Can someone say NC Tracks?) However, an increasing number of medical providers … Continue reading Daily Journal: Some Say Paying the Doctor Directly Makes Sense
By Dean Bennett The Canadian Press “I also agree (with critics) that there’s no place in our system for privatization. They (doctors) can be in or they can be out.” OCTOBER 23, 2014 – EDMONTON – Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel caught an earful Wednesday from rival candidates over allowing boutique health-care clinics to operate. “It’s nice to be picked on, but that’s OK,” Mandel … Continue reading CANADA: Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel caught an earful Wednesday Eve. from rival candidates over allowing direct-pay and boutique health-care clinics to operate.