Poor Surgical Quality: Who Pays for the Consequences?

When comparing the quality of healthcare with other developed countries, the system in the United States is known to fall short. In fact, a 2014 international study compared 11 nations, including the US, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and others, on healthcare quality, and sure enough the U.S. healthcare ranked last among the wealthy countries.[1] Some health status measures, such as life expectancy and mortality, can have a misleading effect on the overall effectiveness of health… Read More →

The Ins and Outs of Hospital Acquired Infections

Live long enough, and you’re more likely than not to require a surgical procedure. You’ve probably been experiencing pain, going to the doctor, missing out on life activities. But you and your physician have made a decision, you’re going to go ahead with the surgery. Now you’ve selected your surgeon, made arrangements with your employer, your family, and maybe even started planning out your rehab and recovery activities. You feel good about your preparations, and… Read More →

Is the Rise in Healthcare Costs Finally Leveling Out?

Healthcare cost increases are projected to continue slowing in 2016. Although still on course to easily outpace inflation, according the bureau of labor statistics, consumer healthcare inflation averaged only 2.7% in 2015, a significant decline from 4.7% the latter half of 2007[1]. Although consumer spending is only one portion of overall healthcare spending which also includes employer-sponsored healthcare plan spending as well as government healthcare spending, the PWC Health Research Institute Paper reported a 6.8%… Read More →

HAI’s and Carechex

Those of us lucky enough to live to a ripe old age will almost certainly need a surgical procedure at one time or another.  We have a pain or other issue, we go to the doctor.  Sometimes we decide, with the help of a physician, that surgery is the answer.  We choose a surgeon, make arrangements with our employer and family, maybe even plan what we’ll do when it’s all over.  And when the procedure… Read More →

Centers of Excellence for Superior Care

The current state of healthcare in the United States, as well as the quality of care offered by most medical providers are both far from being ideal: both patients and their employers are continually forced to spend more on healthcare, but the quality itself is neither guaranteed nor in proportion to the outrageous prices charged by hospitals for major surgical treatments. The patient safety in hospital setting has been improving, yet there were still 121… Read More →

Health Expenditures as an Ever Growing Trend

There is no doubt that healthcare costs are getting out of hand for nearly everyone in the United States. While real wages barely crawl up, the financial burden of medical expenditures soars higher every year. And this trend is not about to change. According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, national health expenditures totaled $1,378 billion in the year 2000. Within only a little over a decade, this… Read More →

The Importance of Choosing the Right Medical Provider

Choosing the right medical provider to perform a surgery with the best possible results is a tricky thing. The typical free market rules of quality versus price rarely apply in healthcare. Getting a hip replacement is not like buying a washing machine, where the expectations are that with increasing price, the quality will go up as well. As a matter of fact, medical costs mostly develop in reverse manner – the poorer the quality, the… Read More →

How to Avoid Going Bankrupt due to Surprise Medical Charges

It is not uncommon to occasionally hear horror stories involving healthcare costs and bankruptcy. A good many of these stories involve exorbitant medical bills patients are forced to pay after receiving a surgical procedure – charges they did not know about before the procedure, and over which they have no control of afterwards. Formerly, it was mainly uninsured patients who ended up in this monumental debt trap with unpaid medical bills, typically because they needed… Read More →

Disparity in Costs of Surgical Procedures and its Impact

Healthcare costs in the United States are, and have historically been, much higher than the costs of healthcare in other developed countries – and it is not always because the quality of care is substantially better. As a matter of fact, Americans typically pay a lot more for healthcare than people in other countries without gaining higher-quality care or superior health. [1] Part of the problem regarding healthcare costs is due to the patient’s inability… Read More →

Controlling Healthcare Costs

Whether through rising premiums or increasing deductibles, healthcare costs in the United States are having a deleterious effect on both patients and their employers.  From 2005 to 2013, premiums for employer sponsored, self-only plans rose 42.4 percent.  Family plans saw an even larger increase, rising a staggering 52 percent over the same period [1].  Healthcare costs are now a significant burden for business owners, and regular plans and premiums are out of control.  For this… Read More →