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House Pushes Bill to Improve Health Care for US Vets

House Pushes Bill to Improve Health Care for US Vets | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday to let U.S. veterans get medical treatment from local private doctors and have the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pay for it.

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"The House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday to let U.S. veterans get medical treatment from local private doctors and have the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pay for it."


They couldn't get appointments. 

I liked this cause the House actually passed something that helped improve peoples lives! Give them the opportunity to get quick direct attention without needing to go to the VA because the VA is having sooo much trouble right now!

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In Healthcare, Apple Will Struggle To Match Huge Samsung Ambitions

In Healthcare, Apple Will Struggle To Match Huge Samsung Ambitions | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
While Apple earned a lot of kudos for its announcement of Health Kit last week, and will bring the power of its brand to the health sector, its main rival Samsung has many more irons in the fire and looks well placed. Who will win in health?
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This one confused me. But what I got from it is that Apple and Samsung give money and health apps for hospitals and healthcare. This seems kind of corrupt because big companies kind of controlling healthcare/ hospitals… and I don't know how good I feel about that. But it is still interesting and helpful that these companies can help out the healthcare industry. This also goes to the tech in healthcare article that I posted a little bit ago. 

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How mobile became mighty in healthcare

How mobile became mighty in healthcare | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Chris Duffey and Katie Erbs report on ten powerful trends emerging in mobile health for patients, professionals and providers
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Awesome connections between technology and healthcare. The advancements have allowed people in even the most remote parts of the world have access to advanced medical techniques. With 15% of medical apps being used by physicians, the options are widespread. The ability to bring these medical techniques to third world countries on a smart phone is a huge. Also the apps allow people to have better access, control, and understanding about these previously unreachable and confusing machines. 

In hospitals electronic medical records have made life much easier. With quick access to organized records, waiting times, frustrations, and mix ups are all lessened. 

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woah this is awesome! It shocks me that this isnt more known across the US. this seems like a a huge medical step! Smartphones have found their use!!!

 

-Ricki Blakesberg (responding to health and wellness)

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Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans' Health Care Issues

Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans' Health Care Issues | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency's health care system that serves millions of the nation's former warriors. President Barack Obama said he...
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The scandal was that 1,700 veterans were told they were put on wait list and were going to get healthcare but they never were. These people were left with no healthcare for an extended period of time expecting to get a response. Both the Democrats and the Republicans requested that Shinseki resign. Having that in the white house is not helpful to the presidents plans for healthcare and it discredits it. 

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Advocating Pill, U.S. Signals Shift to Prevent AIDS

Advocating Pill, U.S. Signals Shift to Prevent AIDS | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Federal health officials recommended that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it.
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This AIDS pill would be a preventative medicine! It would be provided by healthcare!! It does;t say if that means obamacare, but still super interesting. WIll be super expensive. 

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Envisioning the End of Employer-Provided Health Plans

Envisioning the End of Employer-Provided Health Plans | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
A new study finds the new health care law could create big savings for companies.
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Could be a big change in health care! Definitely a possibility with the new law. Seems to save companies a lot of money and not save the people very much at all. But overall a good idea! this way people won't have to change health cares whenever they change jobs, this also minimizes the possibility of being left without coverage between jobs. 

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Obamacare late signups may signal young, healthy buying plans

Obamacare late signups may signal young, healthy buying plans | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
(Bloomberg) — More than 1 million people waited until the last five days to sign up for 2014 health coverage under Obamacare, and early indications are that many were young minorities, insurance analysts and enrollment groups said.
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This is interesting because the Obamacare sign up deadline just past. The last people to sign up were mostly younger people (procrastinating) (jk). The influx of younger sign ups made the insurance companies happy because it was mostly older, unhealthy people before. For all health care younger, healthier people are easier to insure because they have less risk of needing lots of medical attention. The fact that they were mostly minorities speaks to the fact that there are more people in minority groups that do not have good jobs that give them good health care so they need to use Obamacare.

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HealthCare Power Point Presentation. By: Eli Dink

HealthCare Power Point Presentation. By: Eli Dink | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
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email me (urban email) and I will send you the presentation. 

This is an informative overview of healthcare, pricing, and obamacare. It is interesting how healthcare costs have increased way more overtime than incomes have, making it unfair and nearly impossible to keep up. 

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House passes bill allowing vets to get private care

House passes bill allowing vets to get private care | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON The House passed a bill today allowing veterans to seek private health care to avoid the backlogs at Veterans Affairs facilities
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Because the veteran healthcare through the country is so messed up right now (see other article posted) they made it legal for vets to use other private healthcare. This is good because it gives them much more control over their own health!

Quote: "The news about VA's delays in care crisis just keeps getting worse," said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who introduced the bill. "It's unfortunate I have to introduce legislation to address this problem, because the department has had the authority to offer veterans health care services outside of the VA system for years."


Allows VA to get vets that are waiting too long other care through private sources.

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Health-care industry wants to get patients to help themselves.

Health-care industry wants to get patients to help themselves. | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

ThisUsing a host of new tech tools and personalized approaches, providers are trying to get patients to take a much more active role in tracking their health and taking preventive steps.

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This idea of patient engagement is two sided I think. The government is pushing people to look at their own medical records and stay on top of their chronic diseases and their own health. The shortage of doctors and the rising cost of medical expenses are the reasons why the government is promoting patient engagement. I think that this is stupid because the reason we have doctors is because we are not doctors and we don't know everything about medicine. People might not get medical help if they think they know what is wrong and what to do… This can cause many more problems, which could end up costing the person their life, or health insurance companies more money. 

 

Leave the healing to the doctors...

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Fixing The Veteran's Healthcare Mess

Fixing The Veteran's Healthcare Mess | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
What went wrong with our Veteran’s health care system? It comes down to two main culprits – first, the system was asked to do too much, and second, incentives put in place to make the system perform better backfired. In this post, I address the stresses in the Veterans Health Administration, how the incentives backfired, and ways to help get the VA health care system back on track.
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Great article that addresses the cultural and social ideas about supporting veterans and the super messed up healthcare for veterans. The main ways she thinks the VA healthcare system is messed up is because the incentives didn't work out as well as the system was asked to spend too much money…. But the point of the system is to be able to support veterans and they statistically need MORE medical assistance, either mental or physical.

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L.A.-area healthcare providers to issue guidelines for end-of-life care

L.A.-area healthcare providers to issue guidelines for end-of-life care | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Sam Sale knew his time had come. Hospitalized repeatedly since suffering a severe blood infection in November, the 93-year-old was done with all the poking and prodding.
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New guidelines set up by healthcare people about end-of-life care. Basically they are attempting to make it more clear to patients how to go about end-of-life care. Allows them to make more decisions by stating very clear demands about how they want their care to be. Also makes sure that doctors tell them everything about how it will work and all of their options. End-of-life care is really expensive which is why this is a big deal that healthcare people are starting to deal with it. Says that they will provide healthcare for end of life care as long as these guidelines are followed. Some people would not want end of life care before this because of costs. 

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SF Under One Roof closing up shop

SF Under One Roof closing up shop | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The physical storefront will be gone from Castro Street by March, but the organization hopes a change to holiday pop-up stores with a greater focus on fundraising will bring more money to its beneficiaries. Cash and merchandise contributions to the store have fallen by more than half since 2009 as the large donations that once poured in from corporations like Wells Fargo have vanished. Eighty-five percent of its merchandise now is bought wholesale; only the volunteers with AIDS and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender informational pamphlets greeting visitors at the door distinguish the store from any other boutique selling books, greeting cards and Christmas ornaments. Under One Roof officials are still determining how much money they can make through fundraisers and selling Christmas gifts at donated spaces, but they are convinced it will be an improvement. Sense of purposeGoldstein remembers his organization bringing a sense of purpose to a community that felt helpless as attending funerals for loved ones who died of AIDS became commonplace. "When we first opened the store, everyone, not just gay people, but straight people, would feel like there was nothing they could do to stop the epidemic, but they could at least buy a mug or a cookbook to support the cause," he said.
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Although financing human rights issues is extremely important this article and what happened to Under One Roof- Castro shows how financing for health issues is usually closer to the back of peoples minds. We need to bring this back to peoples attention.

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Who really pays for health care? It might surprise you

Who really pays for health care? It might surprise you | Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Obamacare has fired up the discussion of who are the makers and who are the moochers.
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Super interesting break down of how health care is paid for and the misconceptions about it. Some of the main points I picked up on were how people retiring in 2010 were projected to use more than twice what they paid in medicare costs; also, how the insurance companies put in tricky scams that are confusing, when really they have little control over "self-insured" plans, but really it is the employers calling the shots. 

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Big Question.

Big Question.

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How does access to healthcare differ for people of different races/abilities/ages/genders/etc.? 

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