Haggling With Doctors: Lower the Cost of Your Medical Bills

Consumer Reports has recently put out an article by John Santa M.D., M.P.H. titled “How to haggle with your doctor” published in September 2011 and located at http://www.consumerreports.org/health/doctors-hospitals/how-to-haggle-with-your-doctor/overview/index.htm The article recommends that if you are healthy you talk to your doctor about costs. Dr. Santa touches on the fact that some doctors will pursue more aggressive treatment options due to perhaps financial motivations and because of fear of being sued. There is a focus on looking over your hospital bill to make sure everything you were billed for was done and priced properly and inspect for any possible errors. In addition, Dr. Santa recommends that if you are having an elective procedure that you take time to conduct a lot of research on different providers and options that may be available. Dr. Santa went on the NBC Today Show recently in a segment titled “How to Haggle with Your Medical Bills” which is viewable at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/44466215#44466215 In the segment Dr. Santa adds that you should not pay for something that was done wrong such as an error or being given the wrong drug. Further Dr. Santa adds that 1 out of 4 households with yearly incomes of less than $50,000 can’t pay […]

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Big Media Monopoly

I recently read the book titled The New Media Monopoly: A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters published in 2004 by Beacon Press and written by Ben H. Bagdikian. I think it is well worth the read and provides some interesting perspectives even though it is now slightly dated due to the continued rise of the internet. Some interesting quotes provided in the book by past leaders in the United States of America: “Nothing can now be believed, which is seen in a newspaper” -Thomas Jefferson, 1807 “A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.” -James Madison “The first essential in determining how to deal with the great industrial corporations is knowledge of the facts.” -Theodore Roosevelt As touched on in the book by Ben H. Bagdikian in The New Media Monopoly scholars and universities today are faced with challenges of gaining access to important information “Access to the most important literature in intellectual and scientific journals is increasingly threatened by great leaps […]

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Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: Rock and Roll Songs

I have previously posted about some music you can listen to after having your wisdom teeth removed which you can see at http://blog.teethremoval.com/music-to-listen-to-after-wisdom-teeth-removal-youtube-musicians/ These artists were for the most part not particularly well known in the mainstream but well known on YouTube. Now on to some more well known artists and some great rock and roll songs. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – I Won’t Back Down ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man AC/DC – Thunderstruck Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride Derek and the Dominos – Layla Boston – Peace of Mind Some of these videos don’t seem to exactly be uploaded with proper permission so they may at some point be taken down. These are some of my personal favorite rock and roll songs, feel free to add your own in the comments below.

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Find Free Dental Care

I wanted to let anyone who might be interested in free dental care that recently 1dental.com put together a tool that allows one to enter their zip code to search for free dental care providers in their area. This tool is available at http://www.1dental.com/provider/. It allows different specialties to be searched for as well such as general dentists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, orthodontists,  periodontists, and endodontists. This tool will provide a phone number and a convenient Google map. Of course it should be mentioned that 1dental sells dental plans so they try to get you to sign up with the Careington Dental plan. I personally have not used this tool to find a dentist and have no experience with Careington Dental plan. Therefore use at your own discretion. It may help some looking for and in need of dental work. There is also a program called Give Kids a Smile which in the past few years has provided free dental care for 2 days in February and 2 days in October for those children in need. More information and event listings are available on the Give Kids a Smile website. There is another program called Dentistry from the Heart which […]

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Professionalism of Medicine in the 21st Century

An article is titled Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter in the Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 136, no. 3, pages 243-246, February 5, 2002, http://www.annals.org/content/136/3/243.full?ijkey=49cf14ffb35a6afdba3a14871f01fb39ad23066f&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha In the second paragraph appears the words: “…conditions of medical practice are tempting physicians to abandon their commitment to the primacy of patient welfare” The article then goes on to discuses a preamble “Professionalism is the basis of medicine’s contract with society. It demands placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competence and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health. The principles and responsibilities of medical professionalism must be clearly understood by both the profession and society. Essential to this contract is public trust in physicians, which depends on the integrity of both individual physicians and the whole profession.” The article talks about 3 fundamental principles of medical professionalism: Principle of primacy of patient welfare Principle of patient autonomy Principle of social justice The article then discusses a set of Professional Responsibilities Commitment to professional competence Commitment to honesty with patients Commitment to patient confidentiality Commitment to maintaining appropriate relations with patients. Commitment to improving quality of care Commitment to […]

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