Healthcare in Transition Blog 2019-07-09T10:01:57+00:00

Dr. Brian Casull’s Blog

WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE GAME OF BASEBALL

Healthcare is not a “system” in the United States. Rather it is like a game of baseball where your perceived and actual coverage is determined in large part by where you sit in the ballpark of healthcare.

basball park - where is your healthcare seat

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American Healthcare in Transition.

  • Republican healthcare Plans

Working on a Healthcare Plan For All

The president has had some proposals which were viewed as having merit: require hospitals to post their actual, negotiated prices some strategies to lower drug prices. On the other hand, he has loosened the rules on health insurers to allow sales of what critics call “junk” insurance because they don’t have all the consumer protections of ACA policies, or promoting work requirements for Medicaid recipients.[1]  Other administrative activities have included:[2] In October 2018, the Departments of HHS, the Treasury, [...]

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Healthcare News: The Issue of Medicare For All

What should we do about healthcare in the United States? In the curent political bruhaha leading to the 2020 elections, the ideas are far apart and accross a wide spectrum of ideas. Not surprising considering the vitriol and random association with evidence based data that passes for health care reform debate. Obama dramatically expanded access to coverage, reducing the rate of uninsured by half — a great start. The Affordable Care Act should have a public option and more [...]

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Healthcare News – Declining Death Rates For Seniors

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released the following data for the top three causes of death in the United States in 2013: Heart disease: 611,105 deaths Cancer: 584,881 deaths Chronic Respiratory Disease: 149,205 deaths The following data is taken from the CDC's 2017 report. Number of deaths per year from heart disease: 635,260. Number of deaths per year from cancer: 598,038. Number of deaths per year from accidents (unintentional injuries): 161,374.[1] Not having healthcare insurance can kill you. [...]

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Healthcare News: What Are Out-Of-Pocket Expenses?

WHAT ARE OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES? “A majority of patients (59%) paid an average out-of-pocket expense between $500 and $1,000 during a healthcare visit in 2018, a marked increase from 39% the year prior.”[1]  What are out of pocket expenses? Healthcare 101 will be our jumping off spot. In the United States, health insurance is any program that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, employer-sponsored healthcare coverage, or a health plan funded by the government. [...]

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Current Healthcare News Regarding Out-of-Pocket Costs

OUT OF POCKET HEALTH CARE COSTS “A majority of patients (59%) paid an average out-of-pocket expense between $500 and $1,000 during a healthcare visit in 2018, a marked increase from 39% the year prior.”[1]  What are out of pocket expenses? Healthcare 101 will be our jumping off spot. In the United States, health insurance is any program that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, employer-sponsored healthcare coverage, or a health plan funded by the government. [...]

  • Health Headlines

Some Random Healthcare Topics Currently in the News

Our current healthcare system is frequently in the news.  But with the upcoming 2020 election, the healthcare headlines are becoming more frequent.  Here are some random healthcare topics from recent news sources: PHYSICIAN SHORTAGES The Association of American Medical Colleges predicted a shortfall of 122,000 physicians by 2032.[1]  Physician groups[2] are emphasizing addressing this fact as one of the first steps in reforming our “For-Profit Healthcare Insurance Model.”[3] Drive Drug Prices Down and Increase Supply. Strengthen the Safety Net [...]

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What About Chronic Disease and Healthcare Affordability?

What about chronic disease and the affordability of healthcare insurance?  Or, another way to think of it is:  HOW MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T GET HEALTHCARE BECAUSE OF COST? Does the "NO" category in the chart above relate to patients with chronic disease? The affordability crisis facing people with chronic diseases is yet another example of the UNDERINSURED.[1] On the Health Care Continuum, people with chronic illness form the slippery slope. These chronic conditions are what are also called pre-existing conditions.[2] [...]

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Is Medicare For All The Best Solution?

What is the attitude on proposals to expand Medicare and Medicaid? Here is what the CBO is saying currently about MEDICARE FOR ALL: [1] “Some Members of Congress have proposed establishing a single-payer health care system in the United States to ensure that virtually everyone has health insurance. In a typical single-payer system, people enroll in a health plan operated by the government, and the receipts and expenditures associated with the plan appear in the government’s budget. This report [...]

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Healthcare 2020 – How Do We Get There From Here?

In the ever-changing healthcare system, the question becomes:  "How do we get there from here?"  Follow along with me ... on the Yellow Brick Road ... IMPACT OF HIGH HEALTH CARE COST Even if you still have coverage, three percent (employer based coverage) to 8 % (Medicaid/other public insurance) went without needed care because of cost. While another 6-9% postponed seeking care. (employer based/Public based insurance). Both groups ended up with no usual source of care (12%).[1] REASONS [...]

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Vlog #6 – Healthcare 2020 – What Should be Done?

In this vlog we explore the various models and options for the future of healthcare in America. The ACA is still in place until 2019 when the mandate to have insurance goes away, thanks to the 2017 Tax Bill. Appeals have begun. The Supreme Court will become involved. Health Care will continue to be a hot topic in the 2020 Presidential Election. What should be done?  Watch my video to find out my point of view ... [...]

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