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Archive for November, 2015

High Deductibles – A Silver Lining for Family Medicine

November 23, 2015

Many say high deductibles make their health law insurance all but useless — so reads the headline of a recent piece in the New York Times. The article points out that while supporters of the new insurance exchanges talk about low premiums, the deductibles are so high that it , “…...
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Two More Reasons Family Medicine Quality Scores are Mostly Meaningless

November 15, 2015

I have 2 stories to tell. One was a patient I saw, the other, a family physician colleague. I won’t say which is which. A middle-aged woman showed up in an ER complaining of lower abdominal pain. Other acute details really don’t matter much. The physician and nurses were suspcious for...
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The Cost of the Healthcare System is Killing Us

November 8, 2015

A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that for the first time ever recorded, the mortality rate of middle-age whites in the U.S. has been increasing the last two decades. “After 1998, other rich countries’ mortality rates continued to decline by 2% a year. In contrast, US white...
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