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  • In defense of single payer

    I would suggest that Dr. Richard F. Corlin's letter did readers a disservice by suggesting that the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are proof that a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. won't work. ("Fix the VA," Letters, May...
  • Want better healthcare? Have doctors make house calls.

     Want better healthcare? Have doctors make house calls.
    I make house calls. Remember those? When a doctor came to your door with a black bag? You might think of this as a quaint vestige of prewar life, or a luxury for the exceptionally wealthy with their concierge doctors. But home care medicine, as it's now...
  • Obamacare may prevail in court, but can it survive rising premiums?

    Obamacare may prevail in court, but can it survive rising premiums?
    A consistent theme in the legal challenges to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is that Democrats in Congress or the Obama administration cheated in some way to enact or implement the law. The arguments go something like this: Congress...
  • Do people really overuse healthcare when it's free?

    Do people really overuse healthcare when it's free?
    Call it the "skin-in-the-game" argument: the notion that people will use medical care more sparingly -- and presumably more prudently -- if they have to pay a larger share of the costs out of their own pockets.  This is the idea behind health...
  • Medicare overpays billions for office visits, evaluations

    Medicare overpays billions for office visits, evaluations
    Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But in its reply to the findings, the Centers for...
  • CT scans for nonsmoking women could save lives [Commentary]

    CT scans for nonsmoking women could save lives [Commentary]
    The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force, made up of 16 medical experts appointed by the federal government's Department of Health and Human Services, has recently recommended that former and current smokers, ages 55 to 80, receive annual CT scans to test...
  • Best ways to pay while in Europe

    Dear Liz: My friend and I are widowed and really not money-wise. What is the best form of money to use in Europe, including Budapest, Vienna and various small towns? I've heard small-town merchants (and maybe even those in cities) don't take credit cards,...
  • Functional hospital patients fare better

    Functional hospital patients fare better
    Testing hospital patients on their ability to perform everyday tasks before they are released could go a long way to keeping them from returning to the hospital, new research from Johns Hopkins University suggests. Tasks such as moving from a bed to a...
  • UnitedHealthcare To Drop 30 Doctors From Medicare Advantage Network In New Haven Area

    About 30 doctors in the New Haven area will be out of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage network starting July 1, leaving patients to find other clinicians or face higher out-of-network rates. UnitedHealthcare sent letters to an undisclosed number...
  • Beware Obamacare scams as sign-up deadline nears

    With the deadline to have health insurance just days away, don't let yourself be scammed as the pressure mounts to sign up for coverage or face a government fine. Monday is the deadline for people to have signed up for health insurance or face a penalty...
  • Fugitive Medicare scammer may be hiding in L.A. area, authorities say

    Fugitive Medicare scammer may be hiding in L.A. area, authorities say
    Federal investigators say one of Medicare's most wanted fugitives, who was convicted in a $20-million fraud case, may be hiding out in the Los Angeles area. Authorities say Nuritsa Grigoryan fled last month after being found guilty for her role at a...