Tag: "costs" at medical news
US still spends more on health care than any other country
...ial. Another perceived cause of higher health care costs
in the United States is that malpractice suits inc...e medicine is less clear. The highest estimate for costs
of defensive medicine in the United States is only 9 percent and many experts believe this number is...
Swamped city: New Orleans and nature
...en said that, in the early years, the construction costs
were put off on to the local farmers and those who...ssed on to the federal government. "Exporting the costs
of flood protection to the larger social unit provided the means to afford the huge costs
Massachusetts second state to consider nurse staffing ratios; experts to appear at public hearing
...ortage is entering its eighth year and health care costs
continue to skyrocket, preventing medical errors i...y Center released a report detailing the benefits, costs
and consequences of this option. National research demonstrates that an increase in the number of n...
Experts report dental X-rays effectively identify stroke risk factors
...t strokes occur annually and treatment for strokes costs
the U.S. $30 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity....
The bad breath cure
...ad breath. Patients seeking this treatment, which costs
approximately $500.00, need to first visit their dentist to have customized trays or mouth guards made to fit tightly around their teeth. A low concentration of carbamide peroxide is then placed in the tray and into the patient's mouth, where it rem...
Malpractice litigation wrongly blamed for inconsistent health care
...ercise due care by forcing them to internalize the costs
of their negligence We do not contend that the civil justice system creates optimal incentives for providers to protect patients from avoidable errors. It does not and, in all likelihood, it never will. Our point is that unless and until changes in ...
IEEE-USA advocates protecting personally identifiable health information, development of NHIN
...an emergency situation; and curb rising healthcare costs
by eliminating much of the paper-based processing of patient records and insurance claims. These positions -- "Homeland Security Operations and Use of Personally Identifiable Health Information" and "National Health Information Network, With Emphasis...
Are some medicines so good they should be free? In diabetes, the answer may be yes
...lan, seniors will still pay for part of their drug costs
in the form of premiums, deductibles and co-pays -...d research has shown that even small out-of-pocket costs
keep many people from taking drugs that can help them. Says lead author Allison Rosen, M.D., M.P.H.,...
Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for July 19, 2005
...use of essential drugs as their out-of-pocket drug costs
rise. Currently Medicare does not pay for medications. Researchers used a computer model to compare three scenarios: current practice (no Medicare coverage of medications), coverage under the new Medicare drug benefit to be implemented in 2006 (share...
'Hospital-at-home' concept does not save money or improve outcomes, study finds
...urgery and intensive-care monitoring. "Most of the costs
for a hospital stay are at admission and right at the beginning of recovery," she says. The review also finds no evidence that people treated at home live longer or avoid readmission to a hospital, although it could be because the small size of indiv...
Scientists studying ways to help community college employees lose weight and keep it off
... U.S. adults overweight or obese and the resulting costs
to employers rising each year, weight-loss program...t loss past the first six months? And what are the costs
and health benefits of different types of weight-loss programs? Since evidence is limited and few wo...
Immigrants spend half as much on health care as native-born Americans
...iption medications. However, their emergency room costs
-$45 per child-were nearly three times greater than those for U.S.-born children, reflecting the high cost of foregoing routine care. "Our data indicates that many immigrants are actually helping to subsidize care for the rest of us," says study co-a...
Mental health following stroke, spinal cord injury; sensory evaluation tools
...onsider the balance of any improvement against the costs
of using an affected limb that is still not fully functional. These patterns of social interaction that occur during therapy-which often influence a participant's hope for future physical progress-are an important part of CIMT. One-third of veteran...
Implantable chips bear promise, but privacy standards needed
...urity. And the technology is not cheap: each chips costs
$200 and a reader costs
$650, raising the question of whether it is a practical investment for caregivers. While Halamka rep...
Antiretroviral therapy may prevent HIV transmission from breastfeeding mothers to infants
...py. Dr. Shapiro and colleagues concluded, "As drug costs
decrease, maternal antiretroviral therapy may be a realistic strategy to maximize prevention of mother-to-child transmission in areas where formula feeding is not safe or feasible." In an accompanying editorial, Marc Bulterys, MD, PhD, of the Centers...
Do free drug samples influence residents' prescribing decisions?
...f marketing, and samples help patients manage drug costs
in the long term. They raise questions about whether drug samples belong in clinics where residents are learning or low-income patients are receiving care. Other studies have shown that many Americans do not take prescribed medications because they c...
Hey doc, do I still need this catheter?
...ection for thousandsof patients, as well as reduce costs
associated with treatinginfections." The controlled trial, carried out for 16 months in four wards of the U-M's University Hospital, involved patients who had been admitted for surgery or with general ailments including kidney and lung problems. Two ...
Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, August 2, 2005
...tal investment and $48 billion in annual operating costs
(Article, p. 165). At current rates of spending, U...sing homes will invest only $24 billion in capital costs
and $7 million in annual operating costs
in functionalities alone. The interoperability system by wh...
Study evaluates averted costs of neuroblastoma screening
...in fact reduce mortality. Such evaluations of the costs
and benefits of new health interventions can ident...ns that prove to be effective. To demonstrate the costs
and benefits of performing these types of evaluation studies, Lee Soderstrom, Ph.D., of McGill Unive...
Why don't some patients take their medicines?
...are much more likely to skip doses or refills when costs
become a problem for them. Those findings, from a... greatly affect patients' medication use when drug costs
become a burden. The study reinforces the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in helping p...
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