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Quora Query: When a Hospital “Works Out a Payment Plan” for You to Pay Off a Large Bill Over Several Months, Does the Hospital Charge Interest?

[Originally answered 2012, slightly updated] A very cool and complex query. 1. First of all, it depends upon the hospital. My suspicion is that most charge some interest. 2. If you are obliged to pay ANY amount, you can and … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Who Should be in Charge of Administrating a Hospital?

The question is ( or should be): What does it take to administer a hospital and who should do it ? [In a previous comment] Doctor Ford is correct that much of care provision is performed by our nursing colleagues, … Continue reading

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Quora Query: If Sepsis Requires Immediate Medical Attention, How Does One Live with it for Weeks, Months, and Even Years?

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many … Continue reading

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Quora Query: What Will it Take for the United States to Acquire Universal Healthcare?

There are two sets of answers to this query: Political and operational/organizational. Let me address each in its turn. The Political Issues: There is, to my analysis, nothing special about the United States and its people that make a rational … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Is the UK NHS the Best Healthcare System in Europe?

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How, indeed. Perhaps the first principle in answering this query is to point out, briefly, how healthcare systems are judged and ranked. This is done in multiple ways: Ease of access; waiting times; quality of each encounter, this itself is … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Is there Only One Universal Coverage Alternative to the Current US Health Insurance System Which Would be the Most Efficient ?

Gentle Reader – My son suggested I pay attention to Quora – an on line Q&A system – and I now do. Here is a question I was asked to answer. Interesting question, for sure. AJL ———————————— The answer to … Continue reading

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Quality and The Affordable Care Act

There is a great deal written on President Obama’s health care – actually mostly insurance – reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of it driven by the ideology of the writer and / or the organization for whom the … Continue reading

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From The New Yorker: Restaurant Chains Have Managed to Combine Quality Control, Cost Control, and Innovation. Can Health Care?

Gentle Reader – Doctor Gawande’s piece from the New Yorker, below, details some interesting facts relted to the day-to-day operations of a restaurant called the Cheesecake Factory. He asks if there are things we in medicine can learn from this … Continue reading

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From the New York Times: What Does Insurance Company Administrative Cost Look Like, and Do, to Our Citizens ?

Gentle Readers  – Ms. Bernstein has documented – yet again, because we know and have known this – the consequences of a for-profit health system. The roughly 30% that the private insurers consume as their administrative cost makes health care … Continue reading

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Playing Games with the Health of Women

Let’s play a game. In this game, I have figured out a way to prevent something like 400,000 abortions per year. In this game, you would assume, wouldn’t you, that having worked out a way to eliminate the need for … Continue reading

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