The Medicare for All debate is distorted

The Medicare for All debate is distorted
By Bob Herman for Axios Don Berwick, a physician and former head of Medicare and Medicaid during the Obama administration, wants the country to have a “rational” debate about “Medicare for All” — but says that will require a more rigorous comparison to the status quo. What he’s saying: This interview has been edited for ...

Another reason to support Medicare for all

Another reason to support Medicare for all
By David Greenberg for Greenfield Recorder Patients get ‘surprise’ bills when their health insurance company refuses to pay for out-of-network treatments. This often happens when patients have little choice over where they receive care, such as an emergency room visit. Watching the national debate over surprise medical billing makes it abundantly clear how committed health ...

Americans Actually Do Want Medicare for All

Americans Actually Do Want Medicare for All
The media and the private insurance lobbyists are doing everything they can to twist the truth about public opinion on a public health system. Don’t listen: when it’s described accurately to them, a majority of Americans want Medicare for All. By Luke Savage for Jacobin America’s public debate on health care has long been riddled ...

I’m an NHS nurse. This is how I’m convincing Americans to fight for free healthcare

I’m an NHS nurse. This is how I’m convincing Americans to fight for free healthcare
The horror stories of I heard during my conversations were shocking. Universal healthcare is a human right – and thankfully millions of US citizens are waking up to the fact By Danielle Tiplady for The Independent As a British nurse, over the last year I have built links with American nurses who are leading the fight to ...

Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability

Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability
By Selena Simmons-Duffin for NPR Carol Burgos is worried her neighbors think she is bringing the neighborhood down. She lives in a mobile home park in a woodsy part of Columbia County, N.Y, just off a two-lane highway. The homes have neat yards and American flags. On a spring Saturday, some neighbors are out holding ...

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America
To be sick and not rich By Beverly Gologorsky for Common Dreams On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in — on a gurney on my way to the ER. That only makes the siren, loud as it is, all the more ...

Nearly half of adults with heart disease can’t afford their medical bills

Nearly half of adults with heart disease can't afford their medical bills
Study by Yale University More than 45% of non-elderly adults with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) report financial hardship due to the associated medical bills, according to a Yale research team. Worse still, about one in five report being unable to pay those medical bills at all, said the researchers. This study appears in the Journal ...

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills
I spent a year writing about ER bills. Zuckerberg San Francisco General has the most surprising billing practices I’ve seen. By Sarah Kliff for Vox On April 3, Nina Dang, 24, found herself in a position like so many San Francisco bike riders — on the pavement with a broken arm. A bystander saw her ...

Insured, But Indebted: Couple Works 5 Jobs To Pay Off Medical Bills

Insured, But Indebted: Couple Works 5 Jobs To Pay Off Medical Bills
By Jonel Aleccia for NPR Robert and Tiffany Cano of San Tan Valley, Ariz., have a new marriage, a new house and a 10-month-old son, Brody, who is delighted by his ability to blow raspberries. They also have a stack of medical bills that threatens to undermine it all. In the months since their sturdy, ...

Breast cancer survivors have a bigger problem after treatment: The cost

Breast cancer survivors have a bigger problem after treatment: The cost
By Ann Pietrangelo for Healthline   Breast cancer treatment is saving lives. But its extreme expense is also causing a different kind of hardship for many survivors, saddling them with lifelong financial burden. A new study finds that many physicians believe they’re adequately addressing patients’ financial concerns before treatment. However, many patients say doctors need ...