Tag Archives: Health Care/Medical Care

Oregon Business – Mental Math

Statewide fixes to Oregon’s mental healthcare system move forward — but not fast enough. Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran began her career as an emergency room doctor. She saw patients suffering from mental illness — anxiety, depression, schizophrenia — nearly every day. Source: Oregon Business – Mental Math

Commentary: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much

“A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Source: Commentary: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much;

High deductibles slow patients from getting treatment

Study finds that women with breast cancer delay care when faced with insurance barriers. When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer. She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also […]
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Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980

The spending began soaring beyond that of other advanced nations, but without the same benefits in life expectancy. The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it. That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of […]
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Telehealth could replace doctor visits in major cities

Major health care players like, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Kaiser Permanente, are increasingly using virtual care or telehealth for primary care appointments and follow-ups. If you need to see a doctor, you’d better plan ahead. A 2017 survey found 24 days was the average wait time in 15 of the largest cities to schedule a physician appointment.The […]
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House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge

A House committee approved a wide-ranging plan Tuesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its troubled Choice private-sector program, a major step toward fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promise to expand private care options. The $51 billion plan includes $5.2 billion to […]
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Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.

A number of women have sued after losing vision. The treatments marketed in this booming industry are untested and unapproved, and regulators are cracking down. Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with […]
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As Cancer Treatment Costs Soar, Young People Pay the Most

Led by a Portland-based researcher, a new study digs into the cost of care across different cancers and populations. The rising cost of cancer care, with new drugs priced at $100,000 or more a year, worries policymakers and analysts concerned about the high healthcare bill in the United States. And here’s something else for them […]
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State health care task force looks to other states’ efforts

The group has already discussed Maryland’s work on the issue, and has modeled its process off Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission. A legislative task force will look to three other states this week for information about how they regulate health care costs. The Joint Interim Task Force on Health Care Cost Review will hear […]
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Policy Board Wishlist: Recruit Providers; Improve Medicaid; Tackle Opioid Addiction

The jugglers on the Oregon Health Policy Board kept their balls in the air on Tuesday as they explored a raft of issues facing the state: expanding and supporting the healthcare workforce; making Medicaid more effective through the push for CCO 2.0; and understanding and addressing opioid addiction. They also tabled one major concern temporarily: […]
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