Obamacare’s requirement that everyone have health insurance is not as ironclad as it sounds. There are many exceptions. Ask Emily explores them.
The transparency movement in health care looks unstoppable now.
The latest exhibit was a big one -- Wednesday’s release of national hospital data showing prices for 100 common procedures. The wildly different numbers were stunning.
In one often-quoted example, the average charge for a joint replacement in a hospital not far from our center ($223,000) was 40 times that of a hospital in rural Oklahoma ($5,300).
African-American women have consistently had the nation’s highest rates of infant mortality, more than two times the rate of white women. And in a haunting intergenerational and international measure, the daughters of African immigrants appear to have “caught up” in a key category that leads to infant death.
Second-generation African women often have children with the same low birth weights as African American women.
Professional chaplains today are trained to serve all faiths, providing spiritual and emotional care to critically ill patients and their families.
Managed care dental plans for poor children in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties that had among California’s lowest access rates have significantly improved their performance, a recently released state report has concluded. Children’s advocates applaud the improvement, but remain concerned that poor children in the Medi-Cal program are still not being seen. They also expressed fears that the system is not prepared for the influx of thousands of Healthy Families kids, who are being transferred into Medi-Cal dental managed care.