Health Care

7:34am

Wed August 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Doctors Look For A Way Off The Medical Hamster Wheel

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 7:50 am

The doctor is too tired to see you now.
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I became a doctor to help people.

When I was a medical student, I held the naive and idealistic belief that if I just did good work, the business side of things would somehow take care of itself.

How wrong I was.

Now I'm an internist taking care of all comers age 18 and up. Some days I find myself facing patients and feeling more like a harried airline clerk than a real doctor.

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1:00am

Tue August 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Patients Can Pay A High Price For ER Convenience

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:59 am

In case of emergency, go to the strip mall or the hospital?
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Medical entrepreneurs are remaking the emergency room experience. They're pulling the emergency room out of the hospital and planting it in the strip mall.

It's called a "free-standing ER," and some 400 of them have opened across the country in the past four years.

The trend is hot around Houston, where there are already 41 free-standing ERs and 10 more in the works.

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8:19am

Fri August 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

'Aetna, I'm Glad I Met Ya!' — On Twitter

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:12 am

Evidently, an old insurer can learn new tricks.
Bob Child AP

A few weeks back, Sharon Roberts, who had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer last year, tweeted:

@teachdance11: the BRCA gene test is 2 parts. Aetna paid $300 part. Not the $7000 part. Gotta be rich to be in the know

The 55-year-old teacher in Houston was surprised when @aetnahelp, a Twitter account created for customer assistance by the insurance company Aetna, quickly responded.

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5:30am

Fri August 9, 2013

4:00am

Mon August 5, 2013
Health

‘Walk With A Doc’ Hits Its Stride Across Colorado

Walk with a Doc programs have been launched in many Colorado communities – including Grand Junction, Loveland, Denver and Pueblo.
Shelley Schlender Colorado Public News

Every Saturday morning, Shirley Epstein puts on her walking shoes and heads to a tree-lined park to join dozens of friends, and her doctor, for a long walk.

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