Save Money On Medical Bills By Questioning Charges

When you open up a medical bill your’e usually not stunned by how little the doctor is charging you. Inflated charges, which seem to be the norm in the industry, would be laughable if their implications weren’t so crushing. But an invoice doesn’t have to be the amount you end up paying. [More]

Religious Employers Will Have To Provide Birth Control For Employees

Religious Employers Will Have To Provide Birth Control For Employees

Religious opposition to birth control won’t be a good enough reason for church-affiliated employers to get out of having to cover birth control for employees, according to an announcement from the Department of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Several types of companies will have an extra year to come into compliance with the edict, ushered in by the Obama administration’s health care reforms. [More]

Keep It In Your Pants Until You Double-Check Your Insurance

Keep It In Your Pants Until You Double-Check Your Insurance

Maybe someday you’ll sit your future child on your knee and reassure him he was created with budgetary responsibility in mind. Those who check out the quirks of their health insurance policies beforehand and babymake accordingly will be able to do just that. [More]

4 Out Of 5 Metropolitan Areas Lack Competitive Health Insurance Markets

4 Out Of 5 Metropolitan Areas Lack Competitive Health Insurance Markets

If you’ve been thinking that your options for health insurance coverage have been dwindling in recent years, you’re probably correct. A new report from the American Medical Association found that 83% of metropolitan areas in the United States lack a competitive commercial health insurance market. [More]

Good Luck Trying To Find Out How Much A Medical Procedure Will Cost

Good Luck Trying To Find Out How Much A Medical Procedure Will Cost

A new report from the folks at the Government Accountability Office has confirmed what anyone who has ever tried to get a clear estimate on what a medical procedure already knows: There’s a good chance you can’t. [More]

Walmart Won't Add Many Future Part-Timers To Health Insurance Rolls

Walmart Won't Add Many Future Part-Timers To Health Insurance Rolls

In health insurance-aimed cost-cutting maneuvers, Walmart won’t subsidize health insurance for future employees who work fewer than 24 hours a week. Also, new part-timers who work fewer than 33 weekly hours won’t be able to add spouses to their plans. And like workers at most any other company, full-timers with complete health benefits will have more deducted from their paychecks. [More]

Vaccine Could Stifle Malaria Menace

Vaccine Could Stifle Malaria Menace

Researchers may be about to take a bite out of malaria. The mosquito-borne disease, which infects 225 million people each year and kills 781,000 victims, but a new vaccine has cut the number of infections of test subjects in half in the year following vaccination. [More]

Study: Binge Boozing Costs Society $2 Per Drink

Study: Binge Boozing Costs Society $2 Per Drink

After heavy drinkers get to the point that they’ve had too many, each drink ends up costing society $2 in extra medical expenses and other costs, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The “other” costs result mainly from drunk driving — in funds spent to lock up drunk drivers and damage from accidents. [More]

Senate Bill Would Streamline Medical Device Approval

Senate Bill Would Streamline Medical Device Approval

When it comes to approving medical devices for patients to use, the Food and Drug Administration is handcuffed by conflict of interest rules that it says slow the process. A bipartisan trio of senators have introduced a bill that would ease the rules in favor of getting devices approved quicker, possibly at the expense of medical ethics. [More]

Businesses Try To Cut Insurance Costs By Coaxing Workers To Get Healthy

Businesses Try To Cut Insurance Costs By Coaxing Workers To Get Healthy

With health insurance premiums rising fast, businesses are looking to keep expenses down by encouraging employees to improve their health, thus cutting down on the cost of care they’ll use. More companies are offering on-site gym access and check-ups, discounts on healthy cafeteria food and incentives to get workers to quit smoking. [More]

4 People Get Pot From Government In Old Federal Program

4 People Get Pot From Government In Old Federal Program

At one point, 14 people in the United States received medical marijuana regularly from the government. Started in a 1976 court ruling, the program that facilitated the unorthodox treatments stopped accepting applicants in 1992, but four surviving patients still count Uncle Sam as their drug dealer. [More]

Rite Aid Sells Video Chats With Doctors

Rite Aid Sells Video Chats With Doctors

Drugstores are fast becoming outlets for quick, relatively cheap medical care. Many CVS stores have MinuteClinics inside, and now Rite Aid has started offering video chats with doctors in a service called NowClinic Online Care. For $45, customers get 10 minutes of virtual face time with medical pros. Patients can also opt for voice chats or instant messages. [More]

For At-Risk Women, MRIs May Be Better Than Mammograms

For At-Risk Women, MRIs May Be Better Than Mammograms

Mammograms have long been standard breast cancer detection tools, but researchers say magnetic resonance imaging may be more effective at finding tumors in women who are more at risk of contracting cancer and are medically underserved. [More]

Kids' Flu Shots Cut Emergency Room Visits

Kids' Flu Shots Cut Emergency Room Visits

Parents who get their kids flu shots cut down on their chances of having to haul them in to the emergency room. According to the results of a study by American and Canadian researchers, recommendations that preschoolers receive the vaccinations have caused ER visits to drop by more than a third. [More]

Study: Diabetes Sufferers More Likely To Get Dementia

Study: Diabetes Sufferers More Likely To Get Dementia

Those who are afflicted with diabetes are apparently more at risk of suffering dementia than others. A study confirmed the link between the conditions that researchers had long thought to be true. [More]

Nearly 50 Million Americans Lacked Health Insurance In 2010

Nearly 50 Million Americans Lacked Health Insurance In 2010

Unemployment and an erosion in employer-provided benefits are some of the major reasons the amount of uninsured American rose to 49.9 million last year. That’s 900,000 more than in 2009, according to Census data. Gone are the days that it was a given that your workplace handed you an insurance plan. In 2000, 64.1 percent of the population were covered by employer-provided insurance, but those ranks slipped to 55.3 percent last year. [More]

Nasal Spray Gives Hope To Alzheimer's Patients

Nasal Spray Gives Hope To Alzheimer's Patients

Researchers have found the daily dose of an insulin nasal spray may hinder the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in patients. A four-month study in Seattle found that the treatment improved memory and protected cognition and functional abilities of patients. [More]

COBRA Subsidies Expire, Leaving Unemployed To Scramble For Healthcare

COBRA Subsidies Expire, Leaving Unemployed To Scramble For Healthcare

Laid-off workers who relied on COBRA subsidies to help pay for health insurance saw the benefits end Wednesday. Under the program, the government paid 65 percent of COBRA costs with federal stimulus dollars. Wednesday saw the end of 15 months of extended subsidies for those who lost their jobs between September 2008 and May 2010. [More]