Why It’s Time for a Health Care Marketplace

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Health care consumers in the United States are entering a new era. Multiple forces are converging to drive the creation of a consumer retail market—one in which consumers can shop for medical and dental care in much the same way they shop for other goods and services. Chief among these forces is the high cost of care in the United States—by ... Read More...

Health Care Heroes We Admire: Four Recent Whistle Blowers

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It’s not easy to be a health care hero. To go against the grain and step out of line, especially in an industry like health care that is built on a strict chain of command: interns acquiesce to residents; residents must defer to fellows; specialists trump fellows. But each of the people profiled below felt that their call to duty was greater than ... Read More...

3 Technologies You Need to Navigate The New Health Care Economy

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Are you ready to shop … for your health care? The health care industry is moving toward a consumer retail model in which people can shop for care much as they shop for other goods and services. The changing market is due in part to rising costs – the burden of which have shifted from employers to employees. Increasingly, consumers are ... Read More...

7 Reasons to Consider Medical Tourism

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It’s often said that Americans don’t like to travel. But taking a trip abroad could save you money on health care. Surgery, healthcare, dental treatment and medications are often cheaper in other countries – much cheaper. Consider that a hip replacement costs about $40,000 on average in the U.S. The same procedure costs only $7,780 in ... Read More...

Summer Camp Preparation Checklist (Are You Actually Ready for the Good Times?)

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“Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?” If you're a fan of Bill Murray and the 1979 comedy classic Meatballs, you'll associate this musical question with the hi-jinks of the 'North Star' summer camp crew. But being "ready" for summer camp isn't just about mentally preparing your children to be away from ... Read More...

What do people say about their doctors?

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Each day, thousands of people come to Vitals to review their doctor and see what others say about their physicians. We wanted to find out what patients said most often about their one-on-one experiences. To do that, we analyzed 1,000 of our most recent doctor reviews. See what people had to say about their doctors in our word cloud ... Read More...

Toughing Out Sports Injuries: When to See a Doctor

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  Phil West is an author, father, and soccer fan living in Austin Texas. He just finished travelling the United States where he watched all 64 World Cup matches in a different city each day. He will be documenting his experiences in a book, and you can read more at his blog, We Want The World. It was my first soccer game out from a ... Read More...

Health Insurance for Newlyweds

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When you're a newlywed, you have a lot on your plate already. But it's important that you figure out your health care insurance needs quickly after saying, "I do." You typically have 30 days following your nuptials to switch to a spouse's plan. Otherwise you'll have to wait for the next open enrollment period. Ideally, you'll come to a decision ... Read More...

Why People With Health Insurance Still Go Bankrupt

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Most of us believe that having adequate health insurance will insulate us from a medical bankruptcy. Our parents taught us how to prepare for the future, and we've done everything right... right? So it may come as a shock to learn that about 70 percent of medical bankruptcies are filed by people with health insurance. Yes, 70 percent!  That's a ... Read More...

Where are all the health care shoppers?

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When making a big purchase, most of us shop around. It just makes good financial sense when you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars. Yet, the lack of accessible cost data in health care makes it nearly impossible for consumers to be knowledgeable health care shoppers when it comes to medical treatment and procedures. There’s reason for ... Read More...