Your Best Health Care Now

Author: Frank Lalli
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501132903
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Inspired by his viral New York Times article, prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli details how he mastered the ins and outs of health care—and how you, too, can get the best care for your money. Frank Lalli, the former editor of Money and George magazines, has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story. When he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare but potentially deadly blood cancer, he put his reporter’s instincts to work and got the wonder drug he needed at an affordable price—thousands of dollars less than he was told he would have to spend. Amazed by the complex and arbitrary nature of the health care system, he decided to share what he has learned as his own Health Care Detective so that others can find their best care and save money, too. Based on three years of research and more than 300 first-hand interviews with experts, Your Best Health Care Now is your easy-to-follow, real-world guide to making today’s health system work for you. You’ll learn all the smart moves and timely tips to get better care and save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars—no matter what your concerns may be. Whether you’re trying to book a free check-up or negotiate with a surgeon, looking for an effective generic drug or the best price for a brand-name, or worrying about high insurance deductibles and rising premiums or a stack of surprise bills, Your Best Health Care Now has the answers you need to take charge of your wellbeing.

The New Prescription

Author: Cynthia Haines, M.D.
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757315550
Format: PDF, ePub
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The cost of healthcare is skyrocketing, and treatments are growing out of reach for many people. The authors reveal some of the most egregious problems with a medical system gone awry, and offer cost-effective and potentially lifesaving ways to get more out of health care while using less of it.

The New Health Insurance Solution

Author: Paul Zane Pilzer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118040638
Format: PDF, ePub
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You no longer need a traditional employer plan to get good, affordable health insurance. The New Health Insurance Solution can help you cut your health insurance costs in half if: You're self-employed, an independent contractor, or your employer doesn't provide health insurance (you can probably get coverage on your own for about $94/month—a fraction of what an employer would have to pay for the same coverage) You are employed and pay extra to cover your spouse or children under your employer-sponsored plan—you may save 50% by taking them off your employer plan You own a small business and are getting killed by double-digit premium increases—you can now give employees tax-free money to buy their own plans and get your company out of the health insurance business The book also explains in detail the best solutions for you if: You can't find affordable health insurance because you or a child have an expensive preexisting medical problem (your state has a program to provide you with guaranteed coverage ) You're currently putting money into an IRA or a 401(k)—because you don't realize that an HSA is always a better option You're unsure how you or your parents will be able to afford health insurance during retirement, or how to maximize benefits from Medicare—including the new Part D prescription drug plan The New Health Insurance Solution is the definitive guide to the new ways every American can now get affordable health care—without an employer. PAUL ZANE PILZER is a world-renowned economist, a former advisor in two White House administrations, an entrepreneur/employer, an award-winning adjunct professor at NYU, and a New York Times bestselling author.

Howard Dean s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform

Author: Howard Dean
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603582355
Format: PDF, Docs
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"What would real healthcare reform look like? And how can everyday Americans trump big money and put healthcare back on track? Howard Dean speaks out."The success of healthcare reform legislation rises and falls on whether the American public is allowed to opt into a universally available public healthcare program, like Medicare, or not. If Congress issues a bill that gives Americans a public option, then there will be real healthcare reform. If not, we could be back fighting about it for another 20 years before anybody tries again." --Howard Dean Americans have pondered how to reform healthcare since the days of Harry Truman. But, for most Americans, little has changed--except that healthcare costs have soared, health insurance companies have grown richer, and, today, even those Americans who pay dearly for health insurance frequently find that their policies don't adequately cover them when they need their coverage most. Something has got to give. In his bold, new book, Howard Dean-the physician and former governor widely credited for reviving the Democratic Party after the 2004 elections-tells Americans what needs to be done to successfully reform healthcare. One key, he writes, is to offer Americans the option to participate in a public healthcare program, much like Medicare. "America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964," says Dean. "It's called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and the majority of them are happy with the program. The rest of America deserves a similar option." In this straight-talking guide to rising above today's healthcare crisis, Dean spells out: What Obama's healthcare plan is all about How other countries handle healthcare Which special interests are standing in the way of progress and why How healthcare reform will help American businesses prosper Why Americans need choice--between private or public health coverage Millions of Americans lack health insurance; millions more pay for coverage that doesn't protect them from serious illness; and the status quo leaves Americans at the mercy of corporate interests. In this persuasive argument from a passionate political strategist, Americans learn how to take back the healthcare reins.

Presidential Documents

Author: Fred L. Israel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 041589574X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Rev. ed. of: Presidential documents, edited by J.F. Watts, Fred l. Israel, 2000.

101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care

Author: Cynthia J. Koelker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101460024
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Read Cynthia Koelker's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community. "Dr. Cynthia Koelker gives us the inside scoop on how to save money at the doctor's office and still get great care. Even if you have insurance, 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care will still help you save your hard-earned cash." -Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN senior medical correspondent, author of The Empowered Patient For over twenty years, Ohio-based family physician Dr. Cynthia J. Koelker has made it her mission to help people lower their health care expenses. Now, in 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care, Dr. Koelker shares her insider tips and information so that you too can save hundreds (even thousands!) without sacrificing your health. 101 Ways is loaded with simple, easy-to-understand tips on topics that everyone will find useful, including: *How to save money on brand name drugs *How to cut costs for chronic problems-from asthma to allergies *How to ask for a hospital discount (it's easier than you think!) *Ways to save money on glasses and contacts *What websites you can trust to give you the best health information Whether you are uninsured, or just looking to save money, this invaluable guide will show you how to stay healthy and hold onto your hard-earned dollars.

Congressional Record V 146 Pt 12 July 27 2000 to September 13 2000

Publisher: Government Printing Office
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Congressional Record contains the proceedings and debates of each Congressional session in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Arranged in calendar order, each volume includes the exact text of everything that was said and includes members' remarks.

Get a Good Deal on Your Health Insurance Without Getting Ripped Off

Author: Jonathan Pletzke
Publisher: Aji Publishing
ISBN: 0979478103
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Whether you currently have health insurance, are looking to purchase it, or believe it is simply something you cannot afford to buy, Get a Good Deal on Your Health Insurance Without Getting Ripped-Off offers every consumer a complete and concise guide to getting the most from individual, small business, Medicare, Medigap, and employer health insurance. This book and the accompanying website features: * Advice from health insurance agents and financial advisors. * A step-by-step process that guides you through buying health insurance * Plenty of sidebars and illustrations to keep a dry topic interesting * A method to compare your health insurance options, dollar-to-dollar, to get the best deal * Ways to avoid pitfalls, scams, and rip-offs using real world tips and examples * Tips to avoid losing health insurance when you leave a job, retire, retire early, or get laid off *Listings in the book and online that direct you to the right government, association, and business resources *A way to get your best deal whether you are young, old, healthy, or have a medical condition. Get a Good Deal on Your Health Insurance Without Getting Ripped-Off is concise, saving you time by not including any fluff or filler that you have to wade through, just useful information that is easy to understand and apply. Truly a hands-on cookbook for buying health insurance. Get a Good Deal on Your Health Insurance Without Getting Ripped-Off contains everything you need to know to make an educated decision about your health insurance and to be in control of this complex purchase.

Prescription Drugs for Half Price Or Less

Author: Stephen S. S. Hyde
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9780553588880
Format: PDF, ePub
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Suggest ways of cutting the price of medications by considering generic versus lower-priced brands, Medicare coverage, over-the-counter alternatives, and buying drugs in Canada.

An American Sickness

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143110853
Format: PDF
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A New York Times bestseller A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems. In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast? Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries--the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers--that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.