5 Lessons Your Doctor Can Learn From Your Spa

patient experience

Because it's such a necessary part of our lives, health care is often overlooked as being primarily a service business. In fact, health care, like other service industries including spas and restaurants, must compete for our money – even if it’s insurance money – which means the customer should come first. This fact gets muddied ... Read More...

Finding a doctor or medical care while traveling abroad

finding a doctor abroad

The last thing you want to consider when planning your vacation is what to do if you get sick or injured while traveling. Talk about a downer. Still, it's better to be prepared in the unlikely event of an accident or illness while away from home. Here is what to do before you leave on your trip to ensure you'll have access to medical care should ... Read More...

Tips for My Doctor On Improving Patient Visits

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Although I may kvetch when I'm stuck in a doctor's waiting room, impatiently tapping my foot as I check my watch to see a half hour has passed since my appointment time, I begrudgingly understand the delay. Doctors are more overloaded than ever these days and the typical 15 minutes allotted to each patient doesn't cut it anymore. Add to that ... Read More...

Why I Broke Up With My Pediatrician

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I’m not a particularly anxious mom, but an experience I had with my 6-year-old daughter’s pediatrician a few weeks ago spurred me to change doctors. I know it’s easy for moms to over-react to our children’s illnesses, because we’re often the sole household decision makers when it comes to health care. However, I had good reasons for ... Read More...

Six Easy but Often Overlooked Ways to Cut Healthcare Costs

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Did I just say "easy?" I know, it seems like nothing is easy when it comes to healthcare, especially when we're all facing mounting healthcare premiums and bills that don't stop coming. But even so, there are surprising (and sometimes hidden) ways to lower those costs, even when it seems like nothing will ever make us stop hyperventilating after ... Read More...

Three Websites to Help You Manage Healthcare Costs

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I opened my health insurance bill the other day to find my premiums had increased by more than $100 a month. That's more than the $95 my bill went up the year before, making my premiums over 40% higher than they were two years ago. This, with the myriad of other "life" costs that have increased in a short period of time. I need a pot of gold or a ... Read More...

Five Apps that Can Improve Your Health

health apps

It's pretty empowering to have your health in your hands…literally. In fact, if used right, these apps can help you manage your healthy food intake, track your exercise, and find the right doctor, and it's all in the palm of your hand (the one holding your tablet or smartphone). Here are five apps to download for better health: Stress ... Read More...

What I Will Teach My Girls About Women’s Health

women's health

My daughters are six and almost nine years old. In the last few months, I've noticed signs of impending maturity, especially in my oldest, and it occurred to me that now is the time to set the foundation for a healthy adulthood, especially as it pertains to women's health. I had a conservative mother who couldn't (or wouldn't) talk to me ... Read More...

Five Healthy Habits to Teach Your Kids

healthy habits to teach kids

My mom always packed us kids healthy lunches, and man, I hated it. We'd get granola and peaches to the other kids' Twinkies and Hi-C. It was a total bummer, but I sure learned the difference between good-for-you and bad-for-you foods. And while it stank to nibble on nuts while my best friend had a Wonder Bread sandwich, my mom's nutritional ... Read More...

Food Substitutions for Healthy Eating

Food substitutions for healthy eating

After my second daughter was born, I vowed to eat better. I'd made my way through the previous nine months eating large quantities of high-fat meat - a weird craving for me, since I'm not a big meat eater - and uncomfortably felt the extra bulk in my maternity pants I wore for six months after giving birth. It took me a while, but I changed ... Read More...