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Do electronic health records bring down health care costs?

Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more

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Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

I suspect not: You have to have id to be properly cared for. If you do not have the proper id - they will attempt to bill you or your insurance. ...Read more

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Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Insurance co-pays: I cannot know about every state and every insurance company, but to the best of my knowledge yes. And why wouldn't they even if they were not required? Health care providers who participate in these plans are generally receiving less than their normal private fees anyway. ...Read more

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Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Medical records are: confidential. Without your permission they cannot look at your medical records. If an employer requires drug testing they need to let their employees know the policy as well. ...Read more

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Surrogacy medical fees and legal fees are how much?

Surrogacy medical fees and legal fees are how much?

Broad range: Surrogacy is expensive and ranges from $40k - $100k or more. Price shopping is worthwhile but hard to pinpoint because surrogates all have custom made contracts with intended parents. I believe the key to success is the legal contract, so make sure of attny who helps. Get everything spelled out and make sure it is complete. Laws vary between states - use state where baby will be born. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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What impacts doctors decision to start electronic health records implementation?

What  impacts doctors decision to start electronic health records implementation?

Govt regulation: Emr is being introduced in a phased manner- cms guidelines. All hospitals and offices are to implement electronic records. There are so many technical difficulties with these programs, but they are getting better. As of now, most doctors have not embraced them as well. ...Read more

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Are catastrophic health plans allowed under obamacare?

Depends on State: Some states do allow those very inexpensive plans ; others don't. It is up to each state - it is one of those things that the affordable care act (aka obamacare) has no control over that many people are not informed about. ...Read more

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Do medical doctors/nurses/hospitals have legal accountability to me (consumer/customer) or the insurance company?

Do medical doctors/nurses/hospitals have legal accountability to me (consumer/customer) or the insurance company?

Lawyer : Talk to your lawyer if you want legal help, this site is addressing medical concerns. ...Read more

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What are coverage rules for dependents under the new health care reform law?

What are coverage rules for dependents under the new health care reform law?

Older age of coverag: The new law, termed the accountable health care act (called by its opponents obamacare) allows dependents currently receiving coverage to be on their parents policies until age 26 . Prior to this many ended at 18 if they were out of the house and others at age 21 no matter what. This is in jeopardy if the supreme court rules against it. This will be a major issue in the 2012 campaign. ...Read more

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Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

Required by law: It is required by law & insurance contracts that they have with companies & that you signed with those same companies. They need to make sure you are who you say you are & that they have proof. Also, if there is any legal question in the future, they can prove that they verified your identity. Finally, insurance companies use this info to track your health & put it into a central database. ...Read more

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Public hospitals vs. Private hospitals. Who is more current?

Public hospitals vs. Private hospitals. Who is more current?

Depends: Difficult to answer. Some are current. It all depends on what services they provide. Some hospitals provide good advanced orthopedic care, some may provide advanced neurosurgical care--- hence it is difficult to generalize. ...Read more

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Any advantage to allowing insurance company to assign a rn to manage one's ongoing medical care and decisions?

Any advantage to allowing insurance company to assign a rn to manage one's ongoing medical care and decisions?

Yes: If well trained, caring, thoughtful, & beholden to his/her expertise can bring doctor's concerns to insurance company & get case moved along. Unfortunately, as I have observed, such nurses sometimes get fired for not adhering to common insurance company posture of knee-jerk denials and cost savings. In any case the nurse enlarges target for the doctor's advocacy. So yes, get one. ...Read more

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Public hospitals versus private hospitals in singapore ( cancer treatment)?

Public hospitals versus private hospitals in singapore ( cancer treatment)?

Comparable: I think you can choose either way- either public hospital or private hospital. There are a lot of hospitals there, but public hospital like the national university hospital is good too. Choose the oncologist whom you feel comfortable with is probably more important. ...Read more

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How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

Access for all: Unfortunately, our focus in the us is on treatment rather than prevention. However, accountable care organizations are designed to care for populations of patients rather than just hospital care. Therefore, it will be in everyone's best interest to keep people well and out of the hospital. Probably the most important part of the affordable care act is the provision for healthcare for all. ...Read more

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Are staff supposed to share bathroom facilities at residential facilities?

Share facilities: This actually is purely a matter of the facility policy, which differs from place to place. Medically there is no reason why a facility can't be shared with proper hygience. It's usually just a matter of convenience and sometimes of psychological factors and personal preferences. ...Read more