Monthly Archives: August 2013

WAITING OR NOT WAITING FOR SPINAL SURGERY? A CHOICE FOR SOME.

A National Post (Saturday Aug 24 2013) article “Fed Up with the wait” highlights a Niagara Falls New York neuro-surgeon, Dr Michael Stoffman, who is operating on Canadian patients who are fed up with the wait. According to the article, … Continue reading

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US HOSPITAL BILLS- A MAZE OF BEWILDERMENT TO OUTSIDERS LIKE ME. Raymond Rupert MD. MBA. www.rupertcasemanagement.com

Here’s a case study that highlights the US hospital pricing problem: ABC Company was enrolled in a PPO or preferred provider organization. The PPO was going to increase health insurance premiums by 75%.  Health insurance premiums were increasing 3X faster … Continue reading

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MEDICAL RIGHTS FOR THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS?

Many patients with mental health problems end up with the wrong diagnosis or are under-treated.  This is according to studies done by The Institute Of Psychiatry at King’s College, London England. Once the mental health problem is recognized by the … Continue reading

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FREE MEDICAL SERVICES- COST & CONSEQUENCES:

Having FREE medical services and prescriptions may seem like the ideal solution for many. However, a doctor might order extra tests, procedures or medications just because they are FREE.   According to Dr. Sendhill Mullainathan, professor of economics at Harvard, … Continue reading

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The Role Of Advocacy In The Canadian Benefits Environment- by Kim Siddall at AQ Group Solutions (Benefits Canada)

The role of advocacy in the Canadian benefits environment  Kim Siddall  | July 12, 2013   (Benefits Canada) The American benefits landscape has been the birthplace of a number of concepts and strategies that have migrated to Canada: targeted health population programs, … Continue reading

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A FAILED MARKETPLACE IN HIP REPLACEMENTS: (NY Times Aug 4 2013 page 1)

A hip replacement in the US can cost over $100,000. The same procedure in Belgium is $13,660.  Each hip replacement uses comparable equipment and has equivalent outcomes.   This pricing differential is the result of a “failed marketplace” for healthcare … Continue reading

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UNLEASHING THE COSTS OF PET CARE:

There are 14 million pets in Canada.  Pet owners spend $6.3B to care for their pets. That is $800M more than Canadians spend on child care. Doggie daycare is $500 per month. The rise in spending on vet care from … Continue reading

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