Healthcare Articles

Generic or brand-name drugs?

Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as their brand-name equivalents, and some doctors argue that generics may be more likely to produce positive health effects than brand-name drugs.  (Locked) More »

Where to get health care in a hurry

Retain clinics and e-visits are alternatives to seeing a doctor at an office visit, urgent care clinic, or emergency room. Retail clinics, located at drugstores and “big box” retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, provide convenience and flat-rate pricing, but are best for basic and uncomplicated medical issues. E-visits allow you to talk to a doctor via the Internet and offer a wider range of services.  (Locked) More »

Tips for evaluating hospitals

Thanks to the Internet, people have many tools to help them evaluate hospitals they may potentially visit. Tools include magazine rankings, patient reviews and surveys, and government websites. (Locked) More »

Can't wait to see the doctor? You have choices

There are several options for medical care when you can’t see your doctor: emergency rooms for life-threatening emergencies and serious injuries; urgent-care clinics for less serious infections, injuries, and tests; and retail clinics for minor problems. (Locked) More »

When the doctor prescribes physical rehabilitation

When taking part in physical rehabilitation, one can improve the odds of a good outcome by following several strategies. Setting goals helps staff members learn what the person wants out of rehab. Communicating openly with the team is helpful, in case an aspect of rehab isn’t working well. Attending all appointments will keep momentum going, and will help a person progress toward rehab goals. Also important is continuing with assigned exercises or lifestyle changes in between appointments, and then maintaining an exercise regime or lifestyle change after rehab ends. (Locked) More »

Why I'm not prescribing statins for all my patients

The 2013 ACC/AHA guideline defines everyone over 75 as a candidate for statin therapy. Because the risks and benefits of statin use are largely unknown for people this age, it’s important to review them carefully with your doctor. More »

The dollars and sense of long-term care

Most people will need some type of long-term care, but many people don’t plan for it. That pushes off decisions to family members, who might not make the decisions a person would have wanted. Types of long-term care include private-duty care at home, adult day care centers, assisted living, and nursing homes. It helps to work with legal and financial planners to determine now what type of long-term care will be wanted and how to pay for it. More »

How to be a savvy hospital shopper

To choose the best hospital, men should start by asking for a recommendation from their physicians. Also ask friends, family, and co-workers. Sample multiple types of information, including national hospital rankings and hospital websites. Medicare and other organizations allow you to obtain information on hospital quality of care, although the measurements can be difficult for nonexperts to understand. Teaching hospitals often provide above-average quality of care. (Locked) More »