Archive for February 22nd, 2014

My Latest Blog About Overpriced Medication

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Here’s my latest Huffpost blog. It was just published today; two full weeks after I submitted it. I’m not sure why they took so long to publish this blog but, it might have been because they thought the accusations I made were a bit more controversial than usual (even for me) so they wanted to take a little extra time to check my sources. Basically it’s about how a pharmaceutical company can subvert medical research to make a new and very expensive medication appear to a better choice than an inexpensive alternative when it probably isn’t any better. The provides a good example of why every doctor should be very skeptical of any research that’s funded by a pharmaceutical company.
Dave Belk MD

Price Shopping For Hospital Procedure

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Robert Neubecker
Last week, I started on what I figured might be a tedious but straightforward task: calling local hospitals to get a price for the thyroid biopsy my doctor ordered. My insurance coverage is skimpy, so I wanted to shop around. But, holy phone tree—wrangling prices from our city’s hospitals turned out to be no ordinary errand. It was a journey, an adventure, a safari! I’m still dreaming about CPT codes.

Health Insurers Brace For Medicare Cuts

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

By Caroline Humer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government is expected to announce this week the proposed payment rates for insurer-run Medicare plans in 2015, but industry officials say the anticipated cuts will mean higher co-pays and fewer benefits for seniors.