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Dealing with COVID Bills: How to Maintain Your Financial Security – Maybe

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As if the return of COVID-with-a-vengeance – and still millions more still getting sick – wasn’t bad enough, now we find the advance of COVID BILLS-with-a-vengeance making it even worse. Here’s the good news: If you aren’t already vaccinated, you can still get vaccinated for free. There is no cost to being vaccinated, and you’ll be doing yourself, your loved ones, your friends and co-workers, your neighbors, and the economy a huge favor. Here’s a …

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Don’t Let Medical Professionals Make You Feel Guilty

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A recent post on social media caught my eye…. My husband was very clear. He didn’t want his life prolonged. But they guilted me into it! So I told them to go ahead and put him on a ventilator… I wish I hadn’t done that. I will always feel guilty. And, a comment from an email a few months ago…. They told me the only thing they could do was amputate my mother’s foot because …

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Independent Advocate?

Did someone say HIRE? Yes – hire. Patients and caregivers who seek the help of a care manager, or patient advocate are surprised to learn that there are two kinds of advocates: The kind you find in a hospital who works for the hospital. The kind who run private practices, who are hired like you would hire an attorney, and who provide services you’ll usually pay for from your pocket, not covered by insurance. You …

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It’s Open Season – er, um – Open Enrollment Time (How to Choose the Right Health Plan for You)

It’s ironic, don’t you think? Fall is both Open Enrollment for choosing your healthcare insurance plan, and Open Season for hunters, too. They’re both about stalking prey. Right? So now that I’ve put that vision in your head, it’s time to get a bit more practical. No matter that we would rather have a tooth pulled or pay our taxes, it’s the annual Fall Rite of Passage that we must take time to consider, or …

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Getting Revenge in the Face of Malpractice

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Sometimes when patients or caregivers do a search in the AdvoConnection Directory for an advocate to help them, they are unable to find someone. There are a number of reasons for that, such as believing an advocate needs to be local (she may not) or not finding someone who the searcher thinks has the skill set to help… When searchers can’t find someone, they are invited to post a request for their “unmet needs”. We, …

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This COVID – Coronavirus Side Effect Could Destroy Your Financial Security

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Of course, we usually think of side effects as issues that affect our health, like the result of taking a certain drug (just listen to those TV commercials and their disclaimers!) or the result of lifting a heavy box which causes us to strain our backs…. Today’s topic is focused on another side effect from COVID-19 (coronavirus) treatment, but not one that affects our bodies… Instead, this one can have a horribly negative impact on …

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Save BIG Money on Prescription Drugs by Purchasing from Foreign Pharmacies

The reality of the cost of prescription drugs in the United States is that prices continue to go up and up, insurance covers less and less, and our out-of-pocket cost requires bigger and bigger pockets. There seems to be no end in sight. We can make all the noise we want, but prices still go up, and up, and up. As many smart patients know, those very high prices in the United States are far …

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Danger Lurks at Big Box and Chain Pharmacies

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This article popped up in a dozen places over the past week or so. The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Axios, even QVC! How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk Reading it will curl your toenails and raise the hair on the back of your neck! You’ll wonder how you have survived your Walgreens or CVS drug prescriptions. But while I applaud the honesty and real-life approach to the exposé, I …

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The Surgical Assembly Line

When I think of an assembly line, two images pop into my head: The I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory episode where Lucy and Ethel are trying to wrap chocolates (and eat them too!) and can’t possibly keep up. My high school history class, when we learned about Henry Ford’s invention of the concept of an assembly line, where hundreds of cars were being assembled in one day. It revolutionized manufacturing, helping companies produce much more …

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Busting the Cure Balloon and Finding a Workable Solution

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“The cure cannot come soon enough.”  As someone who works in healthcare, and who speaks to patients and their loved ones every day, this is a statement I hear frequently. Whether we’re talking about someone’s cancer diagnosis, or Alzheimer’s Disease, or ALS, or MS, or diabetes…  it seems to be everyone’s hope – that a cure is on the horizon. When my father was alive, and in his 24th year after his prostate cancer diagnosis, …

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