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  • Can a mobile app and edgy campaigns make a 23-year-old care about health insurance? – MedCity News

    Arsine Sargsyan is 23 years old, healthy and uninsured. She chooses to forgo coverage for one simple reason: “I never get sick.” Despite her reluctance, Sargsyan is exactly the type of person insurance plans, states and the federal government are counting on to make health reform work. Read full article »

  • HealthTap launches ‘AppRx’ so you can get app recommendations from real doctors – VentureBeat

    Health Q&A startup HealthTap has added a new feature to its popular mobile apps called AppRx that lets doctors recommend high-quality medical mobile apps to everyday users. Read full article »

  • The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill – The New York Times

    Deirdre Yapalater’s recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly….The test, which found nothing worrisome, racked up what is likely her most expensive medical bill of the year: $6,385. Read full article »

  • The Doctor Won’t See You Now. He’s Clocked Out – WSJ

    Big government likes big providers. That’s why ObamaCare is gradually making the local doctor-owned medical practice a relic. In the not too distant future, most physicians will be hourly wage earners, likely employed by a hospital chain. Read full article »

  • The Starbucks syndrome in healthcare – Los Angeles Times

    Angelenos want their CT scans just as they want their low-fat caramel macchiatos.

    “In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.” Read full article »

  • Can Oregon save American health care? – The Washington Post

    In 2011, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber faced a vexing problem: The state had a $2 billion hole in its Medicaid budget and no good way to fill it. He could cut doctors’ pay by 40 percent, but that might lead to them quitting Medicaid altogether. Read full article »

  • New York City Ties Doctors’ Income to Quality of Care – New York Times

    In a bold experiment in performance pay, complaints from patients at New York City’s public hospitals and other measures of their care — like how long before they are discharged and how they fare afterward — will be reflected in doctors’ paychecks under a plan being negotiated by the physicians and their hospitals. Read full article »

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