Tag Archives: Patients

Even the most seasoned patients are no match for the Medical Insurance Industrial Complex

“Does my insurance cover this?” I cannot calculate how often a patient poses this inquiry to me assuming wrongly that I have expertise in the insurance and reimbursement aspects of medicine. If I — a gastroenterologist — do not even know how much a colonoscopy costs, it is unlikely that I can speak with authority… Read More »

High-dose vitamin D shows benefit in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that supplementing chemotherapy with high doses of vitamin D may benefit patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by delaying progression of the disease, say scientists from Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Prompted by the “very encouraging” results of the Sunshine clinical trial, the potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation in metastatic… Read More »

Patients mostly accept EHRs but privacy worries remain

Dive Brief: Despite acceptance of EHRs and the belief they improve or maintain quality of care, patients continue to have privacy concerns, a new Kaiser Family Foundation study shows. More than half (54%) of respondents whose doctor uses an EHR said they are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that an unauthorized person might access their… Read More »