Tag Archives: Healthcare costs
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Medical Tourists: Incoming and Outgoing

Patients who travel to another country to seek health care are referred to as medical tourists. The term arose because many Americans seek less expensive elective surgical, dental, or cosmetic procedures while vacationing abroad.1 Of course, US hospitals and physicians have also long cared for medical tourists from other countries. Now, many medical tourists are going […]

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Variation in the Use of Warfarin and Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Atrial Fibrillation and Associated Cost Implications

Little is known about national patterns of anticoagulant use among patients with atrial fibrillation after the availability of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and the associated implications for healthcare spending. Methods The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a nationally representative survey, collects detailed information about prescription drug use, cost, and medical diagnoses. Using International Classification of Disease […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Sloppy, Greedy, or Overworked?

In early 2010, my administrative assistant, Barbara Raney, came into my office with a worried expression on her face. She told me that a lawyer from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC was on the phone and wanted to speak with me. My immediate thought was “What have I done that would raise […]

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Hospitalists, Medical Education, and U.S. Health Care Costs

  Hospitalists are general internists whose full-time practice is to treat hospitalized patients. They are the fastest-growing medical specialty in the United States. They increased in number from 4000 in the year 2000 to 50,000 in 20161 and now are the largest subspecialty in internal medicine. By 2016, nearly all teaching hospitals and 75% of all […]

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Death or Debt? National Estimates of Financial Toxicity in Persons with Newly-Diagnosed Cancer

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of cancer upon a patient’s net worth and debt in the US. Methods This longitudinal study used the Health and Retirement Study from 1998–2014. Persons ≥50 years with newly-diagnosed malignancies were included, excluding minor skin cancers. Multivariable generalized linear models assessed changes in net worth […]

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Learning to De-Adopt Ineffective Healthcare Practices

With rapidly rising healthcare costs constraining US wages and forcing difficult policy decisions, there is increasing pressure to identify means to decrease spending. One attractive target is the de-adoption of medical practices found to be ineffective or harmful. Just as emerging scientific evidence can support novel practices that improve health, it can also reverse beliefs […]

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