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Adding an Adult Son or Daughter to Your Insurance

Trudy Lieberman | September 30, 2010


Learning About Public Participation

Connie Davis | September 29, 2010

I've been spending time lately becoming more familiar with methods of public participation and the evidence behind participation. When I first moved to British Columbia, the government was sponsoring 'Conversations on Health' which I initially found exciting and innovative. That effort was designed to give the public a voice about health care in the province. I sent in my comments via the website and read about the public meetings being held throughout the province. I became a skeptic when I compared the data and original reports from the conversations and the conclusions. They didn't seem to match.

Guest Blog: George Karl's Cancer Comeback

Andrew Schorr | September 28, 2010

To my mind, George Karl, veteran NBA basketball coach is a winner. He's tenacious. I saw that in him when, in the early '70's, he played basketball in college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when I was a student there too. Those were the glory years of bigger than life coach Dean Smith and George was one of his recruits. George didn't disappoint then as the team played in the Final Four and won the NIT Tournament. George was scrappy.

When Someone Close Has Cancer...

Jessie Gruman | September 28, 2010

Update on Jessie's status and some words of wisdom from her article, 6 Ways to Help When Someone Has Cancer, originally published in an October 2008 issue of Parade magazine.

Another Devastating Diagnosis to Face

Jessie Gruman | September 27, 2010

I have stomach cancer and will undergo surgery to remove part or all of my stomach today.

Matt Seeks Health Insurance, Part 2: The Runaround Continues

Trudy Lieberman | September 24, 2010


Guest Blog: How Personal Pain Leads to Medical Dedication

Andrew Schorr | September 24, 2010

The old joke about psychological therapists is they are among the biggest consumers of therapy themselves. Lately, I have been noticing more and more how a significant portion of the people we meet wearing white lab coats have a very personal connection to the medical work they do. For them it is not a job, a meal ticket, or just putting their years of training into practice, it is a mission connected to something in their past, something in their own body, or the health of a loved one.

Do Scientists Understand the Public? And Does It Matter?

Jessie Gruman | September 16, 2010

Exploring these questions is relevant to all who are working to support people's engagement in their health and health care. They are also relevant to the debate about the value of comparative effectiveness research. Science journalist Chris Mooney reports a couple of provocative points in this account of four meetings on the topic sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences over the past year.

A New Way for Hospitals to Make a Little Extra'Tax the Sick

Trudy Lieberman | September 8, 2010

Dianne Cooper Bridges, a feisty health reform activist in Massachusetts, recently found herself in the hospital for a routine consultation with no tests or procedures. Because Bridges, a self-employed designer, refuses to buy the required health insurance in her state, she has no insurance and occasionally pays a fine. That means she shops carefully for medical care, which she pays for in cash. When she called the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center and asked how much her consultation would be, the hospital quoted her a price between $100 and $200.

The People and Evidence-Based Medicine: We are All Above Average

Jessie Gruman | September 1, 2010

Problems with evidence-based guidelines and comparative effectiveness research all have at their core the conflict between averages and individuals.