Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
In health care, we improve outcomes by working as an integrated team as well as through respectful and constructive competition. This never involves spreading lies about our colleagues' opinions or motivations. We are able to respectfully disagree, compromise and work toward the best interests of our patients, regardless of personal and philosophical differences.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Medical Quack: UnitedHealthCare Profits Doubled Compared to Same Quarter Last Year
The Medical Quack: WellPoint (Blue Cross) and Aetna Profits Sink – UnitedHealthCare Profits Doubled
3rd UPDATE: UnitedHealth 2Q Profit Doubles, Membership Declines - WSJ.com
UnitedHealth Group Q2 Profit Jumps 155% (UNH)-07/21/2009
UnitedHealth Posts 15% Profit Increase and Raises Its Full-Year Forecast - New York Times
United Healthcare Denies Coverage to Kids, Reaps Profit | NowPublic News Coverage
UnitedHealth profit soars 155% | StarTribune.com
How The Profit-Hungry "Medical-Industrial Complex" Hurts Health Care (VIDEO)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Just a taste of this:
Folks, let me tell you something about healthcare and health insurance. There are a couple of ways to make a buck in the game. One way is to systematically deny coverage to anyone with a propensity to get sick as evidenced by past occurrences. The other way is to spread the risk over the largest population possible effectively minimizing the impact of the most risky. But there is one way for sure to lose a buck – keep increasing the number of people who can’t pay their bill. It’s really quite simple. A public option means insurance companies will report profits using language like “impressive” and “satisfactory” rather than “awesome” and ”a buttload of moolah!”
Supposedly the CEO of the health insurance company that I use has a several million dollar/year salary, plus $95 million in stock options. But I don't even know what stock options are, so what does that mean to me? But it must be legal, because the attorney general of my state won a lawsuit against this company and already got them to clean up their act. How many people who get their applications rejected for pre-existing conditions would that cover?
And talk about pre-existing conditions.... a good friend's child had strep throat, about a year after switching insurance companies, due to a change of employment. Well, guess what? The child had had strep throat in the past, so they declared it a pre-existing condition and rejected the claim. Strep throat, dear claims examiner, is not a chronic condition normally, so it really can't be a pre-existing condition in the general meaning of that terminology.
My friend's employer (major health care delivery organization, meaning clinics and hospitals) deleted her department. She was hired by an independent small company. She doesn't earn health insurance there, so she is paying for COBRA coverage, meaning, paying independently for her previous insurance. She can't afford to let it go, given that she really does have a pre-existing condition, namely, two cancers that were cured. The premiums she pays now are HALF of her entire SALARY. She is a health care professional, so her pay isn't peanuts. What to do? Her husband may take on a part time job just to pay for the insurance.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
There are so many news shows on TV, 24/7, plus the network news show, plus the local news shows that, I believe, there are a lot of reporters who aren’t quite up to what I would consider a minimum professional level.
On one of the morning shows, the renowned anchor constantly asked a “fact filled” question, putting words into the mouth of the subject, leading him in a preconceived direction rather than letting him speak.
On another network, the anchor, who I really like personally, asks questions that solicit emotional answers, but the anchor shows his own bias by making sympathetic remarks to the subject at the end of the interview. These remarks are not out of line on a human level, but don’t fit any kind of mold where the reporter is trying to be unbiased.
On the 24/7 news networks, the so-called news shows have “personalities” who go back and forth across the line between giving the news and commentating on the news. I don’t mind those who clearly state their biases and editorialize overtly; that’s fair to the viewers. But on some of the shows, the news people don’t draw the line. I don’t think they see the line. I always wonder if these people, who come out so clearly on one side or the other, are speaking for themselves, or if they are speaking for the moneyed people who own the network. I wonder how much independent research they do before giving their pronouncements.
Monday, September 07, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
- Evan Esar
- Henry Adams
- H. P. Lovecraft
These quote were the quotes of the day on my Google page.
Meanwhile, I went to my local pharmacy yesterday to pick up my normal prescriptions, which should include the supplement mentioned above. All well and good, until I realized that I was being given TWO additional bottles of this prescriptions. Fortunately, I knew better than to buy this and use it.
I know what happened. The admitting nurse at the consultant clinic had entered my prescriptions into the computer and inadvertently entered that this was a new prescription. The computer automatically, with no human oversight, sent the prescription to my pharmacy. To my dismay, there also seems to have been no human oversight in getting the "schedulers" at that clinic to call me to schedule future appointments and tests. Let's just say: Grrrrrr.