Best and Worst Cities for Pediatric Care

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Vitals knows that care across our great country isn't always equal. We wanted to find out, though, how that disparity plays out when it comes to one of our most precious populations - our children. In our first ever America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, Vitals analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city on a ... Read More...

City Rankings for Access to Pediatric Care

When kids are sick, parents want quality care quick. Vitals looked at the 200 largest cities in the country to find out how smaller metropolises fared compared to their larger counterparts when it comes to pediatric care. The study, America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city ... 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...

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...

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...

Do I Need a Patient Advocate?

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A patient advocate is someone who works for the benefit of patients and their families during medical crises or hospitalization. With so many visits to specialists when a medical problem arises, an advocate can “connect the dots” and speak to all the physicians to make sure everyone is up to date with the patient so nothing falls through ... Read More...

What’s your patient personality?

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Each of us approaches the doctor-patient relationship differently. And knowing your expectations before you pick a doctor can help you find the best match. In fact, having the right doctor keeps people healthier. People who “click” with their doctor are more likely to follow their doctor’s medical advice and stick to prescribed regimes.What's ... Read More...

Q&A if you haven’t signed up for health insurance yet

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With the new Affordable Care Act in place, 2014 is the first year many Americans will have to either get health insurance or face a tax penalty. This is all so new and there is a lot of misinformation out there. Here are the answers to some common questions about the Affordable Care Act. Q: What is the deadline to sign up for insurance under ... Read More...

Vitals Finds We’re Waiting Longer For Doctor Appointments in Major Cities

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Everyone is busy these days, so a long wait at the doctor’s office can be frustrating.  In fact, 10 percent of people said it would be enough reason to find a new doctor. Yet, accessing care in America’s largest cities is getting tougher. Look at our infographic for more trends the annual State of Wait report from Vitals revealed. Read the ... Read More...

Women in Medicine

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March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, Vitals took a look back at women who've made significant contributions to medicine. We also looked at our data to see the current state of women in medicine. Today, women represent 50 percent of medical students. However, there are still income gaps between male and female physicians and less women ... Read More...