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“The specialist will see you now”

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Thursday, February 2, 2012

Have you noticed that your doctor has been referring you to a specialist more often then diagnosing and treating you in their office? Well, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine the likelihood that a doctor refers a patient to a specialist has doubled from 1999-2009. This means that the estimated number of visits that resulted in a referral jumped from 40.6 million to 105 million.

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Time is Money

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Author: 
Rebecca Lastra
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti

Imagine being able to rake leaves or mowing lawns in exchange for a doctor’s visit. Well in Falmouth, Maine, there are thirty-three patients who do just that. An article published by NPR examines the structure behind True North’s system of “time dollars” and how patients can qualify for the program.

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How much do medical procedures really cost?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Grant Cochrane

As healthcare costs continue to increase, patients should be more aware of the procedures and the costs that linger. Every procedure and visit costs money. If a person has health insurance, it costs the patient through a co-pay and deductible if they have one. The remainder of the bill then goes to the insurance company and ultimately to employers.

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Brand Name Frenzy

Friday, October 21, 2011

Author: 
Rebecca Lastra
Friday, October 21, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of scottchan

Throughout our lives, we have been trained that purchasing any product with a respectable name attached to it deems it more effective than any generic product. Primarily through media and word of mouth, we have defined that labeled brands are better products and they usually cost significantly more. Sometimes it is worth the extra couple of bucks, but other times it is completely irrelevant. One product that most Americans get hung up on, is if they should buy a generic or brand named drug.

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Why buy what you can drink for free?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Healthy UNH

Paying more than the price of a gallon of gas for a product that American’s could consume for free would be foolish, irrational, and uneconomical, right? Then why do we spend nearly $21 billion purchasing something that can be easily be acquired by flicking on your faucet? I’m talking about water.

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Expensive Smog

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Paul

Healthcare costs have been climbing in the last decade, and there are many reasons why.  In California, air pollution has notoriously been a silent spender.  Air pollution in California has cost federal, state, and private health insurers roughly $193 million in hospital cost.  Without quality air, the hospitals expenses are increasing, causing

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There is a Fracture - I need to Fix It

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Author: 
Katie Cardinal
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Photo: Courtesy of Sura Naulpradid

A popular animated web video has been circulating the medical profession depicting an orthopedic surgeon trying to convince an anesthesiologist that he needs to operate on a person because “there is a fracture; [he] need[s] to fix it.” What the orthopedic surgeon doesn’t tell the anesthesiologist is that the fracture is on the femur of a 97-year old woman who already died.

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After Hours Emergencies

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Author: 
Sarah Sceery
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono

It’s 6pm on a Tuesday night and you slip on ice walking home from the library. There is a possibility that when you fell, you may have broken something, but health services is closed….what do you do? Luckily for students, UNH Health Services has an agreement with Wentworth Douglass Hospital that many people do not know about. This plan is part of the student health fee and is accessible for UNH students.

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Setting Down the Drink to Save

Friday, December 10, 2010

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Friday, December 10, 2010

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Tarling

According to a study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association, the cost of drinking goes far beyond your bar tab or the price of a 12 pack each week. In 1999, the U.S. consumer expenditure was $116.2 billion.

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How expensive that emergency really is...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Author: 
Sarah Sceery
Friday, December 3, 2010

Photocourtesy of: Renjith Krishnan

An emergency room visit is something that nobody wants to encounter. That hospital visit is usually not for a positive reason and in some cases can (figuratively) cost people an arm and a leg! For patients who are insured, the cost of an emergency visit is significantly less than those who are uninsured.

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