On average, urgent care facilities are open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., leaving a large swath of time where the more expensive, busier ER is the only health-care option available.
Many insurers have left the business. Those that remain are charging far more for new policies, and sharply raising the premiums of old ones.
The panelists assessed Minnesota’s health-care system — and what should be done to prepare for the approaching wave of aging baby boomers.
We should remember that Minnesota has had among the lowest — if not the lowest — individual rates in the nation.
Experts estimate that 70 percent of today’s middle-aged adults will need some level of long-term health-care services after age 65.
When Minnesota retiree Doug Morphew needed surgery, he expected his plan to pay the lion’s share of the cost. Then he was hit with a bill for $6,461.66.
“When we double the number of frail old people as all of us boomers grow old together, we have to figure this out,” said JoAnne Lynn of Altarum Institute.
Set to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” the video gets serious health care messages across with humor — and joy.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says test results can be misleading and that no studies have shown any improvement in overall health outcomes.
We did well on “effective” and “patient-centered” care, but lousy in the categories of access, equity and healthy lives.
I took my dollars overseas for my cancer care, and avoided throwing them away on wasteful practices and administrative costs and profit-driven providers.